This middle school level informative essay will require students to research and write an essay about the origin and evolution of modern day monsters such as vampires, zombies, werewolves, and witches. This essay was created in my classroom to thematically join my DRACULA novel unit. This would be a wonderful fall research paper if you are seeking a little bit of thematic fun that will help engage your students while meeting the demands of a rigorous language arts curriculum.
Included in this unit:
• Resource Page (to keep students focused on specific sites that will help guide them and link them to necessary information)
• Resource/Note Collection Page
• Essay Outline Guide
• Draft Paper
• Sample Essay
• Rubric for Students
• Rubric for Teacher Grading
• Modified Essay Outline and Directions for Struggling Writers (offers you the ability to differentiate)
• “Teach Up” - By allowing students to conduct all research independently without the Resource Page to guide them. (This is also a matter of maturity and responsibility on part of your students in an online environment).