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New! Grade 4: Module 2A: Unit 1: Lesson 7 Paragraph Writing: The Role of Religion in Colonial America
Informative writing is emphasized in the standards. Help your learners reach that goal with the plan for paragraph writing outlined here. After reviewing the work from the day before and adding to their vocabulary notebooks, class members examine a model paragraph and then write and share organized, informative paragraphs about religion in colonial America. A collaborative and engaging instructional activity, the plan presented is part of a series made specifically for the Common Core.
Persuasive Writing Outline
Writers can fill out this handy outline template to plan a persuasive essay. It has spaces to map out an effective introduction, three arguments (with supporting details), a counter argument for anticipating objections, and a conclusion. Clean enough to copy and use right away.
Outlining and Organizing Made Easy
Outlining and organizing an essay are made easy with the help of Inspiration® graphic organizers. Specific directions and colorful graphics model for writers how to use the software to craft these key steps in the writing process. Adaptations and extensions are included.
Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way
Do your young authors suffer from Writer's Block when they try to write short stories? Access their natural creativity with C-Gor, the writing monster! Intended for use with a SMART board (but not restricted to it), the lesson takes aspiring authors through a new writing process called C-Gor (Character, Goals, Obstacles, Results). They list ten of each, then choose random combinations about which they can write a story. The writing will be zany, creative, and best of all, fun.
Inspiration®: Outlining and Organizing Made Easy
The outlining process has moved into the 21st century! Although this prewriting lesson is valuable on its own, it's really designed to introduce learners to Inspiration® software. Screenshots offer a visual guide to creating an outline diagram, utilizing symbols, links, and text. Learners reorganize ideas easily using the drag-and-drop function, and they can view their outline in different formats. This would work best as an anticipatory set before letting pupils loose with this program.
Focus: Writing a Brief Research Paper
If you are planning on working on a research paper in your class, take a look at this resource first. Starting off with information about plagiarism, the series of activities briefly described here should give your pupils a general idea of how to write a research paper. While the bulk of the resource is an overview of activities and does not include much detail, there are quite a few useful links to help enrich the instructional activity.
What do you know about earthquakes??
Ninth graders compare and contrast various writing styles and distinguish technical writing from other writing techniques. They assess personal knowledge regarding earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.
"Squids Will Be Squids"
Learners participate in a variety of shared reading and writing activities related to the fables in the book "Squids Will Be Squids." They discuss the concept of peer pressure, compare and contrast the fables in the book, observe a teacher demonstration of how to write a fable, and plan a writing outline.
Expository Writing: The Five-Paragraph Essay
Help your middle or high school class generate ideas for writing through class discussions. Next, explore organizational strategies to facilitate planning which help learners create a coherent essay complete with introduction, main points, and conclusion. Finally, they develop a thesis to clearly plan their five-paragraph essays using the philosophy discussed in class.
Getting Personal: Writing College Essays for the Common Application
Develop an understanding of the open-ended questions that are a part of the college Common Application. Future college learners collaborate, discuss prompts acquired from the application, and philosophize on their plan of attack for the application essays. The plan leaves room for writing practice and reflection. Modification can be made to the subject to include creative writing prompts or expository topics. Links are included for the essay prompts.
Writing About the "Arab Spring"
An information-rich resource, this webpage will provide your class with all the information they need to explore a relevant real-world and little understood topic: the Middle East and the people's revolutions that shook it in the spring of 2011. Young historians will synthesize the information they gather from the included list of videos and articles by responding to one of six writing topics. Please preview videos to ensure their content is age-appropriate for your class.
Informative/ Expository Writing
Elementary schoolers are charged with writing an article for their peers. A class discussion yields topics about which learners consider themselves to be an expert. The teacher models how to construct an article by using facts he or she has written down on index cards about something they are an expert about. The cards are organized in an understandable fashion, and the process of writing the article begins. This kind of expository writing is very important to include in your teaching year, and the lesson outlined here will provide your pupils with a good opportunity for writing.
The Writing Process for Persuasive Writing
Get your junior high writers stimulated with the strategies and ideas available in this activity. Learners discuss and debate controversial subjects, and outline their reasons with an online graphic organizer (link included) that creates a persuasion map of their opinions. The essay prompt is easily modified, and strategies for differentiation are available.
Grab a debatable (or controversial) moment from your current reading, and use this task to progress the persuasive writing skills of your high school scholars. Divide your learners into four small groups and let them collaborate, debate, and produce the support they need for their writing. The resource provides solid ideas on how to present and organize the persuasive writing essay and includes a worksheet for the group effort.
Research Papers 1-2-3: Diagram, Outline, Publish
Research paper writing challenges learners' ability to research, plan, organize, write, and revise. Detailed, step-by-step directions, color-coded models, and a series of templates guide class members through the entire process.
Essay Planning and Writing
Make visual the steps in the writing process with Inspiration Software’s color-coded, essay planner template. The step-by-step instructions provided by the resource could be used as a teacher resource or to demonstrate for young writers how to plan and outline an essay. A plan for an essay on To Kill A Mockingbird models how to use the template.
Narrative Writing Workshop
Aspiring writers will appreciate the narrative writing planner, the writing process template, and the narrative writing example provided by Inspiration Software. The templates demystify and make visual the steps involved in planning, drafting, and revising a narrative. The templates, detailed procedures, adaptations, and extensions are included.
The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing
Fifth graders develop and practice the steps involved in imaginative writing. They follow the steps/worksheets included and write imaginative stories of their own.
Common Core Writing Strand: The Research Paper Template for Standards 7-8
Considering a research paper for freshman and sophomores? Here's a template designed to meet the W.9-10.7 and 8 Common Core writing standards. Writers outline their research question, claims, counterarguments, support, commentary, and conclusions. Completing the template ensures that all aspects of the standard are addressed.
A Persuasive Writing Project That Aligns to Common Core Standards
Create a writing project that focuses on the Common Core ELA Standard for writing an argumentative essay.