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Students read short excerpts of material and are challenged to write a coherent summary of seventy words. They monitor their work for correct word limits and present their summaries to the class.
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501 Writing Prompts
Never again will you need to worry about coming up with a writing prompt! This packet contains, as it says, 501 prompts that are suitable for fourth graders on up. The prompts are paired into four categories (persuasive, expository,...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Rubrics for Assessing Student Writing, Listening, and Speaking Middle School
This is a fantastic collection of a wide variety of rubrics for writing, listening, and speaking! The resource contains over 14 rubrics for assessing such items as a summary, autobiographical sketch and narrative, speech, oral report,...
6th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring Thematic Motifs in The House on Mango Street
Explore identity and community through an expository essay based on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This two-week unit on writing an essay provides a brief description of each day and all of the worksheets and materials you...
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Effective Summaries
Drafting a strong first sentence for a summary is an important step. Writers can use the formula presented on this handout to get started. The resource lists three steps to put together a strong topic sentence, as well as tips and hints...
4th - 12th English Language Arts
Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 2, Lesson 12
Ninth graders synthesize their inquiry paths, research process, and claim formulation with a writing assessment at the end of the unit. Using the tools and elements in their completed research portfolios, learners write a...
9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Short But Sweet
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
High schoolers examine the New York Times review of the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and explore the elements of scriptwriting. They read the article about the film adaptation screenplay and examine a sample...
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable