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Social Media Toolbox

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The internet as well as the popularity of and availability of personal electronic devices equipped with social media has changed journalism forever. Here's a collection of resources that provide student journalists the tools they need to...
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"EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 4a, Unit 3: Culminating Project: Recommended Screen Time Position Paper and Visual"

For Teachers 7th Standards
Module 4a, Unit 3 is all about research. Over the course of the10 lessons  in the collection, seventh graders plan a research-based position paper. After examining a model, writers consider the claims and counterclaims to include in...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 3, Unit 2: Case Study: Analyzing Author Craft and Purpose in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 16 lessons in the Module 3, Unit 2 collection continue the study of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and the language Douglass uses to develop his purpose in writing. Both the mid-unit and final assessments require...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 2

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 19 lessons that make up the second unit in the 2B Module collection continue the study of identity. George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, serves as the anchor text and readers track the development of Eliza's character. The unit...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA: Module 2a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: What Are Working Conditions, and How Do They Affect Workers?

For Teachers 7th Standards
The 20 lessons that make up the Module 2a Unit 1 collection focus on building background knowledge of working conditions in American factories during the industrial era. Using their knowledge of these conditions, Class members read...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 2: Case Study: The Media as Storytellers in Carlotta’s Journey

For Teachers 8th Standards
The 20 lessons in the second unit of Module 3b make up a collection that provides eighth-graders with background knowledge of the Little Rock Nine by using the case study, A Mighty Long Way, and the photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Segregation in the United States

For Teachers 8th Standards
In Module 3b, eighth-graders study the American Civil Rights Movement and the story of the Little Rock Nine. The central texts of the module,  A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Shelley Tougas' photo essay Little Rock Girl...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3a, Unit 3: Becoming Visible Again: Finding Freedom and Recovering Life

For Teachers 8th Standards
In this eight-lesson collection, eighth-graders finish reading Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and write a narrative about Mine Okubo's life after internment. After assessing the...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 2b, Unit 2: Case Studies: “What Fools These Mortals Be”

For Teachers 8th Standards
In Module 2B, Unit 2 collection, eighth-graders finish reading  A Midsummer Night's Dream. They collect evidence of characters trying to control one another and examine how Shakespeare drew on the myth of "Pyramus and Thisbe" in his...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA module 4, Unit 3: Writing a Position Paper

For Teachers 8th Standards
Six resources make up an English language arts module that focuses on writing a position paper on food chains. Scholars compose an essay that states a claim, provides evidence, shares their reasoning, then offers a counterclaim and a...
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EngageNY Grade 11 ELA: Module 2, Unit 2

For Teachers 11th Standards
Two texts anchor a 14-lesson unit that explores what it means to be a woman in America. In her "An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton" Stanton argues for women's right to vote. Audre Lorde offers a different point of view in her poem, "...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 1, Unit 2: Case Study: Why Do People Flee Home?

For Teachers 8th Standards
The 20 lessons in Module 1, Unit 2 continue the study of Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again. Scholars build their skills as they analyze informational texts that look at the experiences of other refugees and the challenges they...
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Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Transform drafting into crafting with a collection of materials designed to enrich your seventh grade writing unit. Each resource addresses one or more Common Core standards for persuasive writing, informational writing, and narrative...
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Writing: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core standards, your juniors and seniors will find much to like in this collection of argumentative, informative, and narrative writing resources designed specifically for the Common...
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W.7.1 Persuasive Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
From crafting the perfect thesis statement to submitting a concluding call to action, seventh graders can transform bland position papers into inspiring argumentative essays. A collection of materials designed for the Common Core...
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W.9-10.2 Expository Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Expository writing aims to explain, describe, define, instruct and/or inform. Here are some resources that will inspire your writers, encourage them to think critically, and help them formulate their own ideas. Take a look at the...
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Writing: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Resources designed to address argumentative, information, and narrative writing Common Core standards can be found in this collection. Materials that address writing production, distribution, and research are also included. Take a look...
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W.11-12.2 Expository Writing: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The common core standard W.11-12.2 is the focus of a collection that includes lesson plans, unit plans, worksheets, and webpages designed to help your writers craft informative/explanatory essays that clearly and accurately express their...
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W.8.1 - Persuasive Writing: 8th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 8th Standards
Trying to address grade eight's English language arts Common Core writing standard W.8.1—argumentative writing? Browse this collection for lesson plans that will have students writing persuasive essays on a variety of topics, as well as...
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EngageNY Grade 6 ELA: Module 2A, Unit 2: Analyzing Structure and Communicating Theme in Literature

For Teachers 6th Standards
Accompany your classroom's reading of Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis with a 17-lesson unit designed to spark critical thinking, dialogue, and stretch writing muscles. The EngageNY collection goes beyond pupils' reading...
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA: Module 1, Unit 3

For Teachers 12th Standards
This seven-lesson unit, the third in a three-unit narrative writing module, uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" as models writers may use as they craft their narrative...
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Kindergarten Writing Rubrics

For Teachers K Standards
Here is a set of three kindergarten writing rubrics designed to meet the Common Core writing standards for opinion, informative, and narrative writing pieces. They each include four levels of performance—beginning, developing,...
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Write an Introduction for an Informational Text

For Students 4th Standards
Start your informational essay off right with a strong introduction, the focus of the sixth of nine videos on using text resources to write an essay. In particular, it discusses how to structure the paragraph around a great hook to make...
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Write an Introductory Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
In an argumentative essay, the introductory paragraph is the primary opportunity to get your readers' attention and tell them why the issue you are discussing is important. Demonstrate to your young writers how to construct an organized...
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Develop Support for an Argument in Opinion Writing

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This resource provides an excellent explanation of how to begin developing support for main ideas in a writing piece. Young writers will work through a step-by-step process of developing supporting details that serve to prove the topic...
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Identify the Different Parts of an Opinion Essay

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
This is an excellent resource to begin your next essay writing venture! Your young writers will not only learn to identify the key parts of a thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, and elaboration, but most importantly,...
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"Too Much Pressure" by Colleen Wenke

For Students 10th - 12th
Have you ever cheated on a test? What about copied someone else's homework? After reading Colleen Wenke's essay "Too Much Pressure," class members use the provided reading comprehension questions to focus their analysis of important...
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"Size 6: The Western Women's Harem" by Fatema Mernissi

For Students 10th - 12th
Intended for a mature, advanced placement audience, this set of questions accompanies an essay by Fatema Mernissi regarding clothing size and the possible implications for not fitting in with what is considered the norm. A very...
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Learning to Hate Math

For Students 9th - 12th
Give your class a different kind of reading assignment with the text included here. Anne Miller's essay "Learning to Hate Mathematics" details a hatred of math that grew from early childhood and still haunts the author today. After...
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"Once More to the Lake" by E.B. White

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Revisit your own childhood memories of long summers and lakeside fun with E.B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake." Included here is the actual text as well as a series of short-answer questions that follow. Not only do readers study...
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What's the Big Idea? Current Events

For Students 6th - 8th
Provide the class with a helpful way to analyze print media describing current events. They read an article from a reliable news or media source and then use the attached worksheet to capture vital information. A great resource that is...
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Oh, I Believe in Yesterday

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who is Aimee Mann? Read the New York Times article "P.S. I Loved You," included here, and have your readers answer a series of reading comprehension questions. Afterward, encourage your class to brainstorm ways in which they were...
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The "Write" Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Imaginative Writing

For Teachers 6th
A comprehensive and immersive series of lessons that examines various aspects of story development leads learners into writing a narrative of their own. Writers develop an understanding of the writing process as they use the learning...
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Lesson Plan 11: Beginnings

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Every good novel needs a solid beginning! Setting the stage can have your budding authors stumped, so use this lesson to get them thinking. After examining the plot rollercoaster image (included) they consider the four places their story...
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Start at the Beginning!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Okay, your writers are ready to become authors - but how do they begin? This packet uses humor to keep kids entertained as they learn about first sentences. First, they get a brief introduction to the various types of beginnings they...
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Leading into Good Writing

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Discuss the importance of a lead in writing with your upper graders. They examine several examples of leads from literature and practice writing leads for pieces of artwork. They then select a topic from a list and write an introductory...
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Paragraph Structure

For Students 6th - 10th
Practice writing paragraphs with this scaffolded learning exercise. The "hamburger" model is used on the second page, following some examples and guided practice on the first page. Give beginning writers concrete, tangible support as...
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Preparation for Writing Assessment

For Teachers 11th
In this essay writing worksheet, 11th graders read information on how to write an essay. Drafting, paragraph structure, persuasive writing, topic sentences, essay planning, and revising, are topics covered in the worksheet. Students...
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Scaffolding for Essay: Planning Body Paragraphs for Position Paper

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewLet's make a plan. Scholars work on the plan for their papers using a Position Paper Planner. They talk with a partner about counterclaims and think about counterclaims to include in their papers. As learners begin to write, they work...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Writing the Analysis Essay, Part 2

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewWriters have 30 minutes to add the final touches to their end-of-unit assessments for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Those finishing early review their work. After the 30 minutes, learners use the time to review their...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Writing the Analysis Essay, Part 1

For Teachers 7th Standards
New Review1,2,3,4 score! Writers use the grading rubric to score the model essay. After comparing and discussing their scorings, the individuals begin the end-of-unit assessment.
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Writing an Analysis Essay: Planning the Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewWriters work on creating a plan for their end-of-unit essay of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass using a Frederick Douglass Essay Planner to help guide their thought process. They then regroup as a class to discuss the use of...
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Writing an Analysis Essay: Introducing the Writing Prompt and the Model Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewA model analysis essay provides writers with an opportunity to examine a response to the end-of-unit assessment writing prompt. Scholars define key words in the prompt and discuss how the model essay meets the demands in the prompt....
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1: Drafting the Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewYoung writers use the class time to complete a draft argumentative essay.  In answer to the Pygmalion end-of-unit prompt they discuss the change seen in Eliza's inner identity. 
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End of Unit Assessment, Part 2: Revise Essay Drafts

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewAnd now for the grand finale! Scholars prepare their final Pygmalion end-of-unit essays. Learners participate in a brief mini lesson about correcting errors and then begin revising their own argumentative essays. 
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Writing an Argument Essay: Analyzing the Model

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewClass members analyze the model essay to determine the given claim and the evidence to support it. They use an Analyzing Evidence in the Model Essay sheet to help guide their work. They then begin to analyze the structure of the essay by...
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End of Unit 1, Assessment, Part 2: Revise Essay Drafts

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewAs a culminating unit activity, pupils revise their argumentative essays based on the novel Lyddie by Katherine Paterson. Paying careful attention to grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary, they incorporate teacher feedback to revise and...
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End of Unit 1 Assessment, Part 1: Drafting the Argumentative Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewTime is of the essence. Pupils spend time completing the first draft of their essays based on Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie. Using everything they've learned throughout the unit, they craft their arguments about whether Lyddie should...
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Writing an Argumentative Essay: Peer Critique

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewWriting is all about progress, not perfection. Scholars engage in a peer critique protocol to gain feedback on their quote sandwich from a previous lesson. Next, pupils begin drafting their argumentative essays based on the novel Lyddie...
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Writing an Argumentative Essay: Planning the Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewA self-assessment helps scholars take ownership of their learning. Using the resource, pupils begin a Writing Improvement Tracker to develop awareness of their writing strengths and challenges. Next, they complete worksheets to plan...
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Writing an Argumentative Essay: Analyzing the Model Essay

For Teachers 7th Standards
New ReviewModels and exemplars help pupils learn. Scholars read a model argumentative essay to prepare for an upcoming writing assignment. As they read, they work with partners to complete a worksheet analyzing the essay's structure. 
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Middle School Assessment for the Civil War Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The bravery of African American troops on the frontlines directly impacted the lives of the newly freed enslaved people. Using documents, including letters from African American troops and an excerpt of the Emancipation Proclamation,...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1b: Writing Introduction and Conclusion

For Teachers 7th Standards
Writers continue looking at the rubric for their A Long Walk to Water essays. This time, they analyze the demands for the introduction and conclusion paragraphs. Pupils compare the rubric to the opening and closing of the model essay,...
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Scaffolding for Essay: Examining a Model and Introducing the NYS Grade 6–8 Expository Writing Evaluation Rubric

For Teachers 7th Standards
Write it down. Scholars take a close look at essay writing by examining the New York state writing rubric. They then discuss a model essay and compare the model essay to the What Makes a Literary Analysis Essay Effective? Anchor Chart....
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Analyzing a Model Essay: “Challenges Facing a Lost Boy of Sudan”

For Teachers 7th Standards
Copy that! Writers carefully analyze a model essay to gain a better understanding of their upcoming essays about A Long Walk to Water. They begin by circling unfamiliar words in the model as teachers read it aloud. They then pinpoint...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Draft of Position Paper

For Teachers 8th Standards
What is the purpose of an introduction and conclusion? Using the resource, scholars review the model position paper from activity one and discuss the author's choices. Next, they draft the introductory and concluding paragraphs of their...
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Contrasting the North and South Before the War

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Fundamental differences between the North and South led to the South adopting a system of enslaved labor. These abstract ideas become concrete when class members create a standing cube using information provided in the resource. Young...
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Grade 11-12 Literacy in English Language Arts: Are Humans Good or Evil?

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Scholars read text from Hobbes and Rousseau to gain viewpoints about human nature. They then analyze T.S. Eliot's views about human nature in The Hollow Men and connect the ideas presented by all authors by responding to a writing prompt.
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Grade 5 Literacy in English Language Arts: Should the School Day Be Longer?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Scholars read newspaper articles relating to a longer school day and complete note-taking organizers as they read. They then form opinions and complete outlines before writing essays supporting their point of view. 
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Existentialism and Kafka

For Teachers 10th Standards
Scholars read Kafka's The Metamorphosis and research for essays and articles on existentialism. After gaining information and evidence from their research, pupils write essays defining existentialism and its relationship on the work of...
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Rhetorical Analysis for Pre-AP English

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Scholars closely analyze the use of rhetorical strategies in several model texts. They work in groups to annotate the text identifying rhetorical elements, and to complete a Rhetorical Analysis chart and guided reading worksheet....
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Mid-Unit Assessment: Single Draft Narrative

For Students 8th Standards
Put it in your own words. Scholars work independently on their mid-unit assessments by responding to a writing prompt. They write about Miné Okubo’s life and the moments of Okubo becoming visible again.
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1:Drafting the Argument Essay

For Teachers 8th Standards
An informative resource instructs pupils on how to write their essay drafts about the theme of control in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Next, scholars complete an Exit Ticket, listing their three favorite characters from the...
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Writing an Argument Essay: Evaluating the Model and Crafting a Claim

For Teachers 8th Standards
Pupils prepare to write argumentative essays about the topic of control based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They begin weighing evidence and crafting claims for their writing. 
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Analyzing the Model Essay: Studying Argument

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars begin the writing process for an argument essay based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They read and analyze a model essay, considering what kind of thinking the author did before writing the essay.
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Grade 4 Literacy: John Muir Unit

For Teachers 4th Standards
Learn how to correctly analyze and score a written performance task. Example work shows annotated think alouds for grading. Teachers also have access to graphic organizers for helping writers succeed,
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part 1: Drafting The Argument Essay

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scholars write the draft of their essays about Atticus's decision to defend Tom Robinson in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. They support their claims with reasons, details, and quotes from the novel. 
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Writing and Argument Essay: Peer Critique with Rubric (Chapters 29-31, Including Synthesis of Scenes in Previous Chapters)

For Teachers 8th Standards
Hungry? Try a quote sandwich! Writers discover the concept of using a quote sandwich to properly introduce and analyze a quote in an argumentative essay. Additionally, pupils engage in peer critiques, analyzing each other's drafts and...
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Grade 11 Literacy in Social Studies: Research Paper

For Teachers 11th Standards
The lesson guides young academics through the steps in producing a 10-page research paper on any topic in American history. Historians begin by formulating a thesis and gathering resources, then move on to creating an outline, and end...
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Excellent Five-Paragraph Essays

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A five-paragraph essay is the focus of a activity designed to boost writing skills. Learners warm-up their writing muscles with several sentences answering a prompt. A group writing activity includes a graphic organizer, paragraph...
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Constructing Arguments Part 2

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What is the biggest issue facing young people today? Class members consider the question—along with other provocative pieces from the New York Times—and then try their hand at writing their own arguments and backing them up with...
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English Language Arts Examination: June 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Should companies track consumers' shopping preferences without their permission? Using the resource, scholars write source-based argumentative essays to answer the question. They also answer reading comprehension questions based on an...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment, Part One: First Draft of Analysis Essay

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do writers use evidence from literary texts to support analysis and reflection? With lesson 17 of 20 from the Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2 series, learners gather all of their resources to prepare for an end-of-unit assessment. They...
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Planning the Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs of the End of Unit Assessment Essay

For Teachers 8th Standards
Preparation is the key to success! Using the guiding resource, scholars plan the introductory and concluding paragraphs for their end-of-unit analytical essays based on their reading of Inside Out & Back Again. To prepare, they...
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US History and Government Examination: January 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What led the United States to acquire territory? What were some of the effects of those acquisitions? Learners explore the questions using the 2014 essay from the New York Regents exam. Other items include practice multiple choice...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 8

For Teachers 11th Standards
How does the theme of gender inequality develop in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and Shakespeare's Hamlet? Pupils craft a multi-paragraph response to analyze the relationship between the texts. They use evidence from both works to...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 5

For Teachers 11th Standards
There's a fine line between madness and genius. Using the resource, scholars complete a mid-unit assessment based on their study of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. They write a multi-paragraph response, analyzing how two central...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 25

For Teachers 11th Standards
Revenge, mortality, madness—what are the central ideas from Shakespeare's Hamlet? Scholars answer the question by writing multi-paragraph responses. They also identify and discuss literary devices from the play. 
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 24

For Teachers 11th Standards
How do central ideas build on each other in Shakespeare's Hamlet? Scholars begin the first part of an end-of-unit assessment. They complete a Central Idea Evidence Collection Tool worksheet to prepare for a writing activity to discuss...
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Grade 11 ELA Module 1: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 11th Standards
To write an essay or not to write an essay—that is the question! Scholars complete a mid-unit assessment based on their study of Hamlet. They write essays analyzing how Shakespeare develops Hamlet's character in relation to other...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4, Unit 2, Lesson 22

For Teachers 10th Standards
The Witches, Lady Macbeth, or Macbeth himself: who is the culprit? Using the resource, pupils craft multi-paragraph essays to present arguments about which character is responsible for the tragedy in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Additionally,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 2, Lesson 8

For Teachers 10th Standards
Shakespeare's Macbeth has something for everyone. Scholars complete a mid-unit assessment. They craft multi-paragraph essays to analyze how the author's structural choices create tension and suspense in the first two acts of the play. 
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Argumentative Writing

For Teachers 11th Standards
Using the engaging resource, scholars work with peers to research a lawsuit or proposed bill and write collaborative response essays. Additionally, pupils read a letter and complete a RAFT activity to analyze the author's role, audience,...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
All good things must come to an end! Scholars put all their learning into practice by completing an end-of-unit assessment. They use textual evidence from Julia Alvarez's "A Genetics of Justice" to write essays analyzing how Alvarez...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 2, Lesson 5

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do learners use textual evidence from a close reading to write a well-developed essay? Scholars give it a try by completing a mid-unit assessment based on their analysis of the first 15 paragraphs from "A Genetics of Justice" by...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 20

For Teachers 10th Standards
Readers take all the information they gained from the last 19 lessons and complete an essay describing how King develops his purpose and claim in "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Pupils use a rubric and checklist to help guide their...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
Scholars look back over the previous nine lessons of analysis over King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and use their work to create a formal essay to a writing prompt about the purpose of the work. This mid-unit assessment is a quick...
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2012 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Does the world shape a person's character? Scholars choose a novel or play, take a close look, and write essays about how surroundings affect a character. Writers also analyze literary elements in an excerpt from a novel and poetic...
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2013 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is there a moment that changed your life? Readers analyze novels and plays to discover the moments in which characters change from children to men. Writers also create essays to analyze literary devices used in The Rainbow and figurative...
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2014 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How much would you give up for others? The last prompt in 2014 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions asks scholars to write essays about a character in a piece of work that has sacrificed and what the sacrifice...
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2015 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
It is a cruel world. Scholars create essays about a piece of work that describes what cruelty reveals about a character. A prompt from the 2015 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions also contains two other essay...
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2016 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Have you ever met a wolf in disguise? The last essay question in the 2016 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response exam asks writers to think of deceitful characters and create essays describing why they carried out...
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2017 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Music brings back a memory. One prompt from the 2017 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions asks scholars to read a poem and write essays analyzing the relationship between music and the author's memories. Two...
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2018 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Can a gift be a burden? Scholars take a close look and write essays about characters that have gifts that can also be a disadvantage. Two other essays include discussion of how Nathaniel Hawthorne and Oliver Senior use literary...
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2002 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
"Don't go forth today." Why would Caesar's wife not persuade him to stay home? Scholars read an excerpt from the play Julius Caesar and write essays on why Caesar listened to Decius rather than his wife. Pupils then write two more essays...
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2003 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
You took the words right out of my mouth! One question in 2003 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B allows scholars to develop opinions on pupils receiving zeros for plagiarism. Other essays analyze ideas...
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2004 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Are there unspoken rules everyone should follow? Questions from the 2004 AP® English Language and Composition Form B ask scholars to give opinions on how unspoken rules help people belong in society. Pupils also analyze a writer's...
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2005 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Communication is the key. Prompts from the 2005 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B allows scholars two opportunities to analyze the use of communication to express thoughts. First, pupils look at...
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2008 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Ever feel like resources limit pupils with multiple-choice questions? Writers receive freedom of expression with three free response questions. Topics include text read in high school English, opinions on American education, and...
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2000 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
No one is perfect. George Orwell argues imperfection is preferred over sainthood. Scholars write essays describing how he expresses his argument in writing. Writers also respond to Eudora Welty's recollection of life experiences with...
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2002 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
It is not what you say but how you say it. Scholars use an essay prompt from the 2002 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions to analyze how an author uses language to describe her past. They also support or argue a...
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2003 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How does perspective change a person's view? Scholars view different perspectives as they compare the styles of two different authors describing a flock of birds. Writers also create essays in response to entertainment ruining society...
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2001 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Do pictures really last longer? A prompt from the 2001 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions asks scholars to analyze the opinion that photography actually limits people when it comes to understanding the world....
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2004 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is there an art to dying? Scholars write essays describing how a death scene contributes to a novel or play. They also write essays analyzing poetic techniques an author uses and literary elements they see in a passage. Writers create...
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1999 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Have you ever felt like you are pulled into two directions? Some authors depict this feeling in their characters. Scholars choose a play or novel in which a character is pulled or influenced by two different directions and write essays...
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2000 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Everyone enjoys a good mystery. Learners create essays explaining how a mystery gives meaning to a novel or play of their choice. They also examine the use of literary elements of diary entries in The Spectator. A third essay question...
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2001 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Do 100 years make a difference? Scholars compare two poems written 100 years apart. They also analyze characterization used in a passage from Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. A final essay question allows writers to choose a piece of work...
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2002 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is there a secret to keeping secrets? Scholars choose a character in a novel or play and analyze how the character keeps a secret.  Writers also craft essays to reveal elements of poetry and the use of language in a passage. The prompts...
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2002 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Good or evil? Some characters never identify themselves as either. Scholars create essays in which they examine morally ambiguous characters. Writers also analyze and write essays about the use of poem titles and take a close look at the...
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2003 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Ever felt stuck in the middle? Some characters do. Scholars choose a novel or play and write essays describing how a character is stuck between cultures. Writers also analyze the techniques used in a passage from We Were the Mulvaneys...
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2003 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The released 2003 AP® exam asks scholars to read and respond to two poems about the love god Eros. They also analyze the characterization and narrative in The Other Paris. A final essay question requires pupils to choose a novel or play...
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2004 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Have you ever felt left in the dark? Scholars write essays after analyzing two poems pertaining to night and darkness. Pupils also read a passage and write an essay discussing the author's depiction of characters. A third essay allows...
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2005 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Does more power make you more important? Test takers ponder the question as the 2005 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B asks scholars to take a close look at power by writing thoughtful essays. Writers...
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2005 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Santa is not the only one in the chimney! Scholars compare two poems written about using children as chimney sweepers. They also create essays about literary devices in a passage and about a character's struggle with inward and outward...
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2006 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
It is not about where you are going, but the journey to get there. Scholars choose a play or novel in which a character takes a journey. They then create essays describing what the journey meant to the overall piece of work. Learners...
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2006 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Scholars select a novel or play and then craft an essay that describes the setting's role in the story. Pupils also create essays that analyze a poet's use of language and the values of characters in a novel excerpt.
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2007 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Does a love for reading begin early in life? Scholars write essays using a passage from Seamus Deane in which he wrote about his childhood experiences with reading and books. They also create essays that focus on betrayal and elements in...
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2007 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Scholars use the 2007 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions to write essays examining how a character's tie to the past affects the story. The resource also requires pupils to write essays comparing two related...
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2008 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Scholars take a close look at two poems written through the eyes of animals and then create essays analyzing each author's technique. Pupils also read a passage to write about the literary...
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2008 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Scholars are challenged to create essays comparing two poems in which the authors discuss fears and concerns about dying and life passing by too quickly. Two other essay questions ask writers to analyze literary elements and characters...
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2009 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Do you have a political agenda? Some authors do. Scholars analyze a piece of work and determine how the author deals with a political or social issue. Responding to two other essay questions, writers create essays exploring how authors...
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2010 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Three free-response prompts provide scholars an opportunity to practice for the AP® English Literature Composition exam. Using released prompts from the 2010 free-response section, writers craft an essay about the experiences of a...
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2011 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
It's all in the technique. Authors use many techniques to express themselves using writing. Two of the three essay questions require scholars to analyze the literary devices used by the authors and write essays about how these techniques...
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2004 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Shall we agree to disagree? Scholars have the opportunity to choose a topic they feel is controversial in the world and express ideas about it. They complete essays that address the opposite views. In two other essays, they analyze a...
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2006 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What does your lawn decoration say about you? The 2006 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions offers three prompts in which scholars express themselves through essay writing. One of these tasks includes analyzing...
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2008 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Are your high school scholars ready for college? Administering the 2008 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions tells much about a pupil's readiness for high level English courses. The resource offers three questions...
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AP® English Language: Reading and Writing Analytically

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How can teachers ensure their pupils are well prepared for the AP® English exam? The reference material is a good place to start! Educators read seven essays detailing best practices for teaching scholars to read critically and write...
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2010 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Home is where the heart is. The 2010 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B require scholars to think about what home really is. They look at how a character leaves home, yet home remains within the...
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2011 AP® English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A packet of materials from the 2011 AP® exam provides scholars with an opportunity to examine scored sample essays for the three free-response questions. Included are the prompts, the rubric, scoring guides and sample papers. 
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2005 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Should people only have what they need? Questions from the 2005 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response section asks scholars to write essays evaluating the argument that those who are more fortunate should give all excess...
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2010 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Although the United States observes Daylight Savings Time, many countries decided against it. A free-response question, part of a set of sample questions from the 2010 AP® English Language and Composition exam, has writers consider the...
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2010 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Humorists do more than tell jokes; they also impart key messages about society. A series of free-response topics from the AP® English Language and Composition exam cover three topics, including one discussing the role of humorists....
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2011 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Strong writers support their points with direct evidence and details. A series of free-response questions from the 2011 AP® English Language and Composition exam require the use of details to obtain a good score. The first prompt...
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2011 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Mammals can be carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores, but what about locavores? A set of free-response questions from the 2011 AP® English Language and Composition exam introduces test-takers to the term, which describes people who try...
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2013 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
In 2011, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opened in Washington, DC to much praise and some criticism. Part of a series of response questions from the AP® English Language and Composition exam, writers consider what factors should...
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2014 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
For some students, college may not be worth the cost. Free-response questions from the 2014 AP® English Language and Composition exam cover a variety of topics, including the value of a college education. Writers review six sources to...
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2016 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
When it comes to testing, practice makes perfect. A set of free-response questions from the AP® English Language and Composition exam help writers prepare for the test. Three different prompts cover topics such as monolingual English...
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2017 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
In the age of the Internet, are libraries still important? A collection of sources, part of a set of sample free-response questions from the AP® English Language and Composition exam, discuss that question. A variety of sources,...
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2006 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Should voting be a right or a requirement? 2006 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B includes a prompt in which scholars take a stand on compulsory voting and complete an essay expressing their thoughts....
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2007 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions Form B

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Do museums offer eyes into the past? Scholars synthesize sources to make a claim in an essay about the importance each museum artifact deserves. Pupils also write to analyze journalist level of ethics as well as a speech by Wendell...
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2007 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Looking to stretch the minds of your scholars? The 2007 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions offer readers the opportunity to respond to reading at a higher level than many other high school resources. Writers...
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2012 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom may keep postal workers from delivering the mail, but is their livelihood sustainable? A question about the USPS makes up one of the three items in a series of free-response questions from the...
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2015 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Many schools have honor codes, but scholars do not always choose to follow them. As part of a series of free-response questions from the AP® English Language and Composition Exam, learners discuss the benefits or disadvantages of honor...
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2018 AP® English Language and Composition Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Discussions of eminent domain sometimes trigger strong emotions. A set of free-response questions from the 2019 AP® English Language and Composition exam tackles the concept with a series of persuasive pieces. Learners analyze all six...
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Lesson 3: Essay Organizer

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
A three-minute exercise warms-up scholars' writing abilities in order to follow a writing process that ends in an essay. The essay's topic is a barrier and the values used to break it. Four steps include choosing a topic, jotting-down a...
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Text-Based Writing

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
Young writers need to know how to use both informational and argumentative texts to craft a response. Two writing prompts, one on the life of Ella Fitzgerald and the other on the importance of balancing extracurricular activities and...
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Practice Test - English Language Arts Reading Comprehension

For Students 10th Standards
An English Language Arts Reading Comprehension Practice Test for Grade 10 asks scholars to read a poem and answer two multiple-choice questions about the poem. They finish the task by responding to an open-response essay question. 
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English Language Arts Examination: June 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The English Language Arts Examination handout contains a variety of multiple-choice questions to assess reading comprehension, in addition to a source-based argument essay and text-analysis response prompts.
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English Language Arts Examination: January 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An English Language Arts exam contains 24 multiple-choice questions that individuals answer after reading informational and literary passages. Scholars then write a source-based argument and text-analysis response. 
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English Language Arts Examination: August 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If it's true that preparation is the key to success, the English Language Arts Examination handout should help pupils ace their exams. Scholars read several texts and answer multiple-choice questions. Then, they write source-based...
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English Language Arts Examination: January 2017

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
After reading literary and informational texts, scholars answer multiple-choice questions and write both a source-based argument and a text-analysis response.
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Comprehensive English Examination: August 2013

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Individuals exercise their minds by taking the Comprehensive Examination in English, which assesses listening and reading comprehension and writing aptitude. Scholars answer multiple-choice questions and write two short-response essays....
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Comprehensive English Examination: January 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What better way to prepare learners for academic success than to administer practice tests? With the Comprehensive Examination in English, scholars read informational and literary texts and answer listening and reading comprehension...
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Comprehensive English Examination: June 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learners take their first step toward mastering test-taking by answering questions based on listening and reading comprehension. In addition to multiple choice questions, the examination includes two short-answer items and one essay. 
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Comprehensive English Examination: August 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Just like with any skill, test-taking aptitude improves with practice. Learners complete the handout, answering reading comprehension questions and engaging in timed writing exercises. The test includes multiple-choice and constructed...
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Literature (Fiction)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An informative installment of the Writing for Specific Fields series helps readers learn how to interpret and write about fiction. The website details nine easy steps for writing a literary analysis—a useful method for all readers!
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Writing Sample Constructed-Response Assignment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Class members practice their writing skills by completing a prompt about maturity. They develop a constructed response about something they once thought was important, but may not be as important now. 
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Music

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Music is a universal pleasure, but writing about it can be a little trickier. An informative handout discusses common types of music writing assignments that one might encounter in a college-level course. Individuals read about musical...
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Paired Passage Practice and the Extended Response Question

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How do pupils relate paired passages to each other? Here's a resource that helps! The lesson includes a short story and a poem as a set of paired reading passages, followed by some analysis questions. It also includes an essay template...
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Kentuckians in the Civil War Era: Constructed Response Essay

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What part did Kentucky play in the Civil War? A constructed response essay assignment tests to ensure scholars understand the concepts and the arguments for the causes of the Civil War. Learners must read a primary source quote and then...
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Comprehensive English Examination: January 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Poetry and prose often have more in common than it initially appears. A sample comprehensive English exam has test-takers compare and contrast two passages to answer short response questions. The exam, which is part of a larger set of...
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Book Reviews

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Reading goes beyond taking in information—it also involves forming impressions about what we read. Sometimes we share those impressions through book reviews, a specific type of writing outlined in a handout on the topic. Using the...
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Comprehensive English Examination: June 2015

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Heroes rise from adversity. That theme forms the focus of the critical lens essay in a sample comprehensive English examination. The exam, which is part of a larger series of sample standardized tests, also includes two short response...
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Comprehensive English Examination: August 2015

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Looking at literature through a critical lens helps readers connect the text to the larger world. An essay examining the theme "There is no ill in the world without a remedy" forms the main part of a sample comprehensive English...
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Transitions (ESL)

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
When it comes to comparing and contrasting in an essay, looking at a chart and picking a random transition word may not do the trick. As explained in an informational writing handout, the words writers use to move from one idea to...
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Social Media Roles

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Social media has changed the news publishing process, so how does it affect school news publications? Lesson nine in a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox explores the traditional publishing roles through the lens of social...
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Telling My Story

For Teachers 12th Standards
Entrance essays are the ultimate sales pitch! Show your seniors how to market themselves in the first of six college and career readiness lesson plans. Pupils discover the do's and don'ts of writing personal statements through research,...
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Verb Tenses

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Twelve categories of verbs exist in the future tense, ranging from simple present to future perfect progressive, but only three have a place in academic writing. Those three tenses make up the content of an informational handout that...
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Writing About Literature: Comparing and Contrasting Characters in Heidi

For Students 5th Standards
Scholars read excerpts from the story, Heidi, in a three-part assessment that focuses on comparing and contrasting characters. Each part contains three tasks that challenge learners to discuss, answer comprehension questions,...
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Writing About Literary Text: Wise or Foolish?

For Students 4th Standards
A three-part assessment promotes reading comprehension skills. Class members read literary texts and take notes to discuss their findings, answer comprehension questions, write summaries, and complete charts. 
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Understanding Assignments

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
In high school and college, most writing assignments go beyond simple questions such as "What is your favorite moment from childhood?" To help writers understand complex writing assignments, a short video from a larger series offers a...
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Understanding Assignments

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
"What do we have to do again?" Chances are you hear this question all the time. Here's a handout that offers scholars tips on how to understand college writing assignments. Class members learn strategies to help them decode assignments...
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Conclusions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
If you see phrases such as in conclusion or this is my paper about, you know you're about to read a poorly worded conclusion. A tip sheet, the fifth resource in a series of handouts to improve writing, helps scholars craft better...
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College Writing

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
No matter how difficult high school writing may seem, college writing presents challenges of its own. The fourth in a series of 24 handouts from The Writing Center at UNC breaks down the expectations for college writing. Scholars learn...
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Writing Anxiety

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Oh, the dreaded writer's block! As part of a larger paper-writing series, an invaluable resource discusses obstacles and stresses writers face. Individuals learn to identify feelings associated with anxiety, as well as strategies for...
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Thesis Statements

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Phrases such as "This paper is going to be about" and "I am going to tell you about" do not make for effective thesis statements. A handout from the UNC Writing Center helps writers break from those phrases to craft effective thesis...
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Summary: Using it Wisely

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Sometimes summarizing keeps a writer from going deeper into their analysis—don't fall into that trap. Learn the difference between summarizing and analyzing using an insightful resource. Focusing on introductions, the lesson shares...
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Revising Drafts

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Don't simply proofread ... revise instead! Revising drafts is the topic of the 17th handout in UNC's Writing the Paper series of 24 lessons. Writers discover the importance of revision, as well as steps to follow during the process.
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Procrastination

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Inevitably, whenever you give an assignment, at least one person won't start until the last minute. As the 13th handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series explains, procrastination sometimes brings consequences. It breaks down...
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Introductions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. According to the 11th handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series, that's why writing a strong introduction is so important. The handout offers strategies for crafting...
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Bloom's Literature: How to Write about Nineteen Eighty Four

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A good prompt is hard to find, especially ones that encourage application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of a text. Help is here in the form of a prompt list for George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four that offers essay topics that...
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Proofreading

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How does proofreading differ from revising or editing a paper? A short video explains the importance of proofreading and offers a few key strategies to help writers become better proofreaders. The video contains think-alouds to help...
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Words by Heart: Level 3 Writing Assignment

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Get in touch with the emotional side of writing by reading Words By Heart. The writing assignment helps learners make personal connections with the text and hone their writing skills by exploring a time that they had to forgive or be...
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Practice Test English Language Arts: Grade 8

For Students 8th Standards
As teachers, it is our job to encourage learners to stand up for what they believe in and help them learn lessons from life's events. A set of practice questions designed for the ELA MCAS assessment features passages that teach positive...
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Writing Arguments in Response to Nonfiction

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Emotional appeal or argument? That is the question. An informative lesson helps your class recognize the difference between a logical argument and an emotional appeal and learn how to craft an argumentative response. Writers develop a...
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Writing an Opinion Requiring Voting

For Students 5th Standards
Challenge writers to compose an essay detailing their stance on, and the history of, voting. Three assignments, each broken down into three parts, requires fifth graders to take notes, read and complete charts, write paragraphs, compare...
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Writing About Literature: Nature in the Writings of John Muir and Emily Dickinson

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
As an assessment of their skill in crafting a compare and contrast essay, class members read and compare the portrayals of nature in excerpts from naturalist John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra and from poet Emily Dickinson's "The...
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My Favorite Activity (Grades K-2)

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Scholars discuss the many ways they use persuasion in their everyday lives and brainstorm specific ideas for encouraging someone to do something. With the list of persuasive techniques they made, young writers complete a graphic...
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Creative Writing Prompts For Every Season and Month

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Winter, spring, summer, and fall! Every season is covered in a 14-page list of writing prompts. Included are story starters, reflection questions, poetry topics, and more.
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Create a Volunteer Spirit

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Motivate young citizens to make a positive difference through volunteering. Scholars examine the local and school community to discover ways the class, as a whole, can volunteer their time to help one or the other, then reflect on their...
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Persuasive Writing Prompts

For Students 4th Standards
Convince me! Challenge scholars to write a persuasive argument for extra recess, no homework, or a topic of their choice. 
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New Year’s Resolution Classroom Activity

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Create a sense of accountability among scholars with a lesson plan that focuses on making and keeping New Year's resolutions. Writers compose a five paragraph essay focused on three resolutions—promises to self improvement, to their...
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Personal Narrative: My Small Moment Topic

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Scholars plan out a personal narrative using a graphic organizer. They work on highlighting a story's setting, characters, feelings, details, the beginning, ending, and a hook. 
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Karyn's Wings: Objects and Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
A set of airline wings were discovered in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Those wings belonged to an airline worker and now symbolizes an integral part of the traumatic day. Scholars investigate two websites to...
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Smart Solutions: Challenge Activities (Theme 6)

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Smart Solutions is the theme of unit comprised of activities designed to challenge minds and stretch writing muscles. Enthusiastic writers create their own comic strip, write a problem-solution essay, an opinion letter, a funny story, a...
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Final Draft of Literary Argument Essay

For Teachers 6th Standards
Take the last step in writing a literary argument essay using Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, in a lesson focused on feedback. Using the stars and steps revision method, pupils take into account teacher and peer feedback to...
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Selecting Evidence to Logically Support Claims

For Teachers 6th Standards
It's time to make a rule sandwich! After exploring the writing assignment's rubric and analyzing a model essay, learners are guided through the prewriting phase using the sandwich technique. Pupils create their own sandwich addressing...
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Pitching Your Claim with Best Evidence

For Teachers 6th Standards
Does Bud use his rules to survive or thrive? That is the driving question of a lesson plan following the reading of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Pupils identify and argue their claim using textual evidence in an argument...
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Qualities of a Strong Literary Argument Essay

For Teachers 6th Standards
One lesson, two essays, and one central theme: qualities of an argument essay. Here, scholars first describe qualities of an argument essay regarding Bud's rules to live by from the novel, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Then,...
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The Writer’s Toolbox: What You Need to Master the Craft

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Strengthen your high schoolers' writing with a series of steps for writing successfully. With sections on organizing an essay, choosing a topic, crafting a thesis statement, and revising a draft, the lesson encourages your class to...