Writing: Strong Opening Sentence
In this writing worksheet, students read an article and state the author's opinion and write a strong opening sentence.
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Show your class how to start their essays off right. On this page is a list of first lines. Writers can choose their favorites, rank the first lines, rewrite some of the worst ones, etc. The instructions leave the task open for choice...
6th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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Introduce expository writing with a unit that asks writers to craft an essay to explain a belief, value, or priority that is important to them. Mini-lessons within the unit focus on crafting thesis statements and conclusions, selecting...
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Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Find out just how much your pupils know about simple sentences, subjects and predicates, sentence fragments, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, compound sentences, complex sentences, and more! This review page includes...
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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...
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After reading on the topic of their paper, high schoolers work in pairs to assess how to write powerful, precise thesis statements. The introduction contains three statements: a universal statement, a bridge statement, and a thesis...
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Teaching the Short Story - Teacher's Packet
Get your writers composing their own short stories by following some or all of the ideas included here. You'll find short lessons and activities, handouts and assignment pages, sample paragraphs and sentences, and all sorts of great...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
How can the rhetorical structure of an editorial help to develop its argument? Use this New York Times editorial to emphasize the importance of structure in a piece of informational text. Adolescent writers then use the editorial as a...
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Write Open-Ended Questions in the Interrogative Open Mood
Are you working on writing interviews, or studying types of sentences? Use a video about the interrogative open mood to help your young writers create open-ended questions. The first of two videos about verb voice and mood, it would be a...
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