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Research paper complete unit. Research papers made easy! This complete unit has everything you need to teach writing a research paper from start to finish. ***UPDATED***Now includes NEW MLA 8th edition citation guidelines. For the APA version
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Thesis statements: Writing a thesis statement can seem like an overwhelming task for many students. This packet includes informational handouts with ideas, explanations and worksheets to make the process easy. A complementary power point is included
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Persuasive Essay Complete Unit. ***UPDATED Now includes NEW MLA 8th edition citation guidelines. This complete unit for teaching persuasive essays has everything you need from pre-writing techniques to group work, ethos, pathos, and logos lesson
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Writing a Narrative Essay: This unit has everything you need to teach a narrative essay from start to finish. It is meant to align with all the objectives of common core standard Text Types and Purposes for 8th - 10th grade (8.W.3; 9.W.3; 10.W.3),
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Plagiarism is a big issue in the classroom. This packet has everything you need to help students understand when to credit sources. The handout explains clearly what plagiarism is and gives examples of how and when to use quotations and paraphrase.
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MLA Format - In Text Citations, Flow Chart, Rules, and Power Point Presentation. This MLA guide explains the rules for in-text citations for articles as sources. It contains this 15-slide Power Point: MLA Format in-text Citations Power Point It also
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Argumentative Essays - Complete Unit. Writing an argumentative essay is an essential skill for secondary students. This unit is CCSS aligned, with grading rubrics for each grade level 7 - 12 that reflect the standards. This unit has everything you
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Writing prompts for research papers and argumentative essays. This product contains forty topics for research or argumentative essays. Each half-sheet prompt contains a topic, questions to consider, and research ideas. They do not tell the student
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Compare / contrast essay - complete unit. The common core aligned packet is full of resources with everything you need for writing a compare/contrast essay. Primarily geared toward grades 6 - 8, it involves higher-level thinking compare/contrast
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This is a proven method for writing body paragraphs in research-based papers. Your student has a working thesis and research for a research paper. Now what? I find that incorporating the research into body paragraphs is the most difficult part of
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Help students revise paragraphs in research, argumentative, and persuasive essays. Most students know that paragraphs in their essays should start with a topic sentence, but then what? This color-coding system helps them identify five types of
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Essay Writing Bundle - Research Papers, Persuasive Essays, Narrative Essays, Compare/Contrast Essays. My four popular essay writing units are here in money-saving bundle. Each unit is complete and breaks down the process into manageable parts.
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Topic Sentences Power Point Presentation - Instruction, Examples, and Exercises This Power Point presentation will help you teach your students everything they need to know about topic sentences. It is complete with instructions, examples for each
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MLA 8th Edition Guidelines The MLA guidelines 8th edition came out in April 2016. Although most of the guidelines for MLA format have remained the same, there are significant changes to the Works Cited entries. The new guidelines for Works Cited
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This is a huge bundle containing all of my essay writing products at a big savings. It's a deal even if you've purchased a few of my essay products before - get the rest at a savings! As I add more products, I will add to the bundle. There are six
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Essay Revision - Error and Progress Logs. Editable! This system makes grading easy, and students learn more than with traditional marking and corrections on essay drafts. Use codes to mark errors in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
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This comprehensive teaching unit for The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore has everything you need from detailed quizzes to check for careful reading to graphic organizers for theme development. Included in the packet: - Vocabulary words from each
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Summary and Response Essays - Complete Unit. This packet is a step-by-step, in-depth process for writing a summary and response essay. This packet contains a full sample article and a full sample essay that are used throughout to demonstrate the
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Quotation, Paraphrase, and Summary. Power Point Presentation, handouts and exercises. Learning when and how to use quotes, paraphrase, and summary is essential for writing research papers. This Power Point and coordinating handouts explain the
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MLA Format - In-text Citations. This Power Point presentation goes through the basics of in-text citations for articles in a logical way with clear examples. This product will be updated as the Modern Language Association updates its guidelines.
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I have taught: Composition, Humanities, and Creative Writing, Literature and English. I have worked as a developer and writer of K-6 Curriculum.




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B.A. in English M.A. in English


Before I became a teacher, I spent twenty years as a freelance writer and editor, primarily for middle-grade readers. I am the author of a few dozen how-to children's books, young adult novels and many magazine articles. I used to write K-6 curriculum-based quizzes for a publishing company. I currently teach first-year college students. visit my blog at:

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