Writing a How-To Paper
Learners discover that when writing a how-to paper, they are telling readers how to do something such as cook a particular recipe. They then choose one of the provided topics and write their own how-to paper.
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Writing Prompts for Middle School
Scratching your head when it comes to engaging writing prompts? Check out a list of prompts designed for middle school classes, which includes topics for persuasive writing, expository writing, how-to essays, personal narratives, and...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing an Argument: Persuasive Speeches to Students
Powerful orators make their messages compelling with a combination of factors. Learn how to be an inspirational speaker with a reading assessment activity that presents a list of persuasive speaking techniques, as well as two speeches...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Research Writing: An Introduction for 4th Grade
Writing a research paper has never been so easy! From choosing a topic to publishing the final draft, this presentation covers all the steps in between. Show this to your class in a single lesson, or cover it a few slides at a time as...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Revise an Argument by Color-Coding Topic Sentences and Corresponding Evidence
Essay drafts always have room for improvement. The narrator of an informative video highlights the main points in one of her topic sentences, each point in a different color, and then highlights the corresponding evidence for each main...
6 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Write an Introductory Paragraph for an Argumentative Essay
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...
5 mins 5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How Misused Modifiers Can Hurt Your Writing
Misplaced modifiers are a common grammar error, but can your learners identify when a modifier can interfere with a reader's understanding? Watch a short and entertaining video from Ted Ed that illustrates misplaced modifiers, as well as...
3 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Provide a Satisfying Conclusion to a Story
All good stories must come to an end. Fourth graders wrap up their narrative responses by writing conclusions that describe how the characters feel at the end of the story. Allow learners to practice this skill by pausing the video and...
6 mins 3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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