Eighth graders read Gentlehands by M.E. Meaker. They choose from several different writing topics and create and accordion book with their writings.
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Figurative Language Packet
A definitive resource for your figurative language unit includes several worksheets and activities to reinforce writing skills. It addresses poetic elements such as simile and metaphor, personification, hyperbole, and idioms, and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading and Writing Skills Activities
A straightforward and thorough packet of reading exercises would be a solid addition to any reading unit. With worksheets that address various writing and reading skills, including word roots, narrative writing, evaluating text, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasive Writing - Introductory Paragraph Review
Master a well-organized thesis statement with a short activity for a persuasive writing unit. Young writers read five different introductory paragraphs about various topics, find the main ideas addressed in each thesis statement, and jot...
4th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Expository Writing Peer Review
Support young writers through the peer review process with this easy-to-use form. Offering four prompts that help students to provide meaningful feedback about each others work, this resource would make a nice addition to the writing...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing an Argument: The NIEHS
Should the work of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences be funded by the government? Middle schoolers weigh in on the status of federal funding for programs that protect the environment with three text passages and...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
A+ Writing Prompts
Shake it up! Shake your tablet to bring up a unique writing prompt for journaling or blogging with your class. Shake again and a new one appears. Prompts can come from different categories (sketches, scenes, texts, words, news) to help...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Interdisciplinary Integrated Unit on DNA/Genetics Part C: Language Arts
Are you a non-ELA teacher looking to incorporate literacy skills and assignments into your curriculum? A lesson plan and its included worksheets are a great starting point for a unit on genetics. Although the lesson was originally...
7th - 10th Science CCSS: Designed
Let's Go Exploring!
Use a Courbet painting of a cave or tunnel opening to reinforce the importance of descriptive writing. Writers of all ages use sensory details to describe what the scene depicts as they pretend to be in the painting. Then they imagine...
K - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Writing Process Made Easier
The writing process meets the 21st century in this instructional activity centered around the Inspiration Software program. Using a diagram, learners complete the cyclical process through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed