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Research Paper - Complete Unit

Research Paper - Complete Unit

Research paper complete unit. Research papers made easy! This complete unit has everything you need to teach writing a research paper from start to finish. Everything here is classroom-tested with hundreds of students who have successfully written a research paper. There are 50 pages of teacher notes, handouts, worksheets, activities and examples, all in an easy-to-follow progression. Includes pre-writing, how to find appropriate sources, taking notes, writing body paragraphs using the "research sandwich" method, outlining, introductions and conclusions, revising, group work, MLA formatting, avoiding plagiarism and group work. Also included are fun activities for something a little different. Using this unit, your students might actually enjoy writing research papers! Contains updated MLA 8th edition guidelines Originally written for reluctant learner high school students, I have had a lot of feedback from middle school and junior high teachers letting me know that they have used it effectively in their classrooms as well.
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Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos?

Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos?

Opinion Reading Comprehension and Opinion Writing. This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether animals should be kept in zoos. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included. No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan. ********************************************************************************** This packet is also part of a money saving MEGA Bundle! Save 30% Opinion Reading and Writing MEGA Bundle ********************************************************************************** Included in the packet: Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con Each is one page long. The reading level is advanced fourth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics
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Extreme Sports Informational Reading Bundle

Extreme Sports Informational Reading Bundle

Extreme Sports Informational Reading Bundle High interest reading for your students! Save 25% by buying this bundle of reading packets on extreme sports: Parkour and Freerunning BASE jumping The World's Toughest Foot Race Slacklining Watch the video in the previews! Please click on the following links to get detailed descriptions of the four products this bundle contains: Informational Reading Passage - Parkour and Freerunning Informational Reading Passage - BASE Jumping Informational Reading Passage - The World's Toughest Foot Race Informational Reading Passage - Slacklining After a close reading of the articles, students will answer questions on main ideas, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. A coordinating creative writing prompt will help develop critical thinking skills on the topic. The reading level is sixth and seventh grade. It is in the Lexile stretch band for fifth grade and the basic level for eighth grade. No prep! Just print and go. Great for substitutes.
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The Story of an Hour by Chopin Speed Round Discussion Questions

The Story of an Hour by Chopin Speed Round Discussion Questions

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin is a classic short story that some say kicked off the modern feminism movement in literature. There is plenty to discuss about this short story. This speed round game will promote meaningful discussion to get your classwork rolling. Use as an independent activity or as a starter or supplement to a larger unit. Questions are discussed in pairs in a game based on the speed dating concept. Quick and fun, it keeps students on their toes, and keeps them moving every two minutes to discuss a new question with a new partner. Included: Directions Complete story 32 discussion question game cards You might also like: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Speed Round Discussion Questions The Black Cat by Poe Speed Round Discussion Questions
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Apostrophe Task Cards

Apostrophe Task Cards

Apostrophe Task Cards are for students in upper grades who need a fun review of apostrophes, or for teachers to use as for assessment purposes. Also great for stations, bell ringers, etc… 20 cards total with an answer sheet and answer key. You might also like: Active and Passive Voice Task Cards Sentence Fragment Cootie Catchers Comma Rules Worksheets
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Verb Moods

Verb Moods

Verb Moods: Indicative, Imperative, Interrogative, Conditional, and Subjunctive. Teach verb moods with confidence with this complete teaching unit. With a presentation, handout, worksheets, quizzes, task cards, and a group sorting game, there is flexibility for different learning and teaching styles. This product includes: Power Point presentation, comprehensive instruction for all the verb moods. The presentation includes 26 slides with instruction, examples, tips, and practice for indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive moods. Handoutwith simple explanations and examples of the five types of verb moods. Worksheets/Quizzes and keys- flexible for practice, review, or assessment. Task Cards - 24 task cards with answer sheet and key. Verb Moods Sort Game - fun, interactive group or individual activity. You might also like: Verbals - Participles, Gerunds, Infinitives Writing Prompts on Success for Journals and Bell Ringers Writing a Research Paper - Complete Unit
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Verbals - Participles, Gerunds, and Infinitives

Verbals - Participles, Gerunds, and Infinitives

Teaching verbals can be a challenge. Teach participles, gerunds, and infinitives with confidence with this complete teaching unit. With a presentation, handout, worksheets, quizzes, task cards, and a group sorting game, there is flexibility for different learning and teaching styles. The material covers the following: Identifying participles, gerunds, infinitives, and corresponding phrases Tips and tricks for identifying verbals Identifying the function of infinitives in a sentence (noun, adjective, adverb). Dangling participles Split infinitives This product includes: Power Point presentation, comprehensive instruction divided into three sections for flexibility. 47 slides total. The presentation includes instruction, examples, tips, and practice for all the verbals, plus dangling participles and split infinitives. Handoutwith simple explanations and examples of the three types of verbals. Worksheets/Quizzes and keys - flexible for review or assessment. 1 worksheet on identifying the difference between participles and gerunds 1 worksheet on identifying infinitives and how they function in a sentence 1 worksheet on correcting dangling participles 1 worksheet on split infinitives 1 worksheet/quiz that covers all the topics. Task Cards- 24 task cards with answer sheet and key. Infinitive Sort Game - fun, interactive group or individual activity. You might also like: Verb Moods Active and Passive Voice - Worksheets, Quizzes, and Keys Essay Writing Bundle
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The Black Cat by Poe Speed Round Short Story Discussion Questions

The Black Cat by Poe Speed Round Short Story Discussion Questions

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe is a classic scary short story that will thrill your students. This speed round game will promote meaningful discussion about the story to get your classwork rolling. Use as an independent activity or as a starter or supplement to a larger unit. Questions are discussed in pairs in a game based on the speed dating concept. Quick and fun, it keeps students on their toes, and keeps them moving every two minutes to discuss a new question with a new partner. Included: Directions Complete story 32 discussion question game cards
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Opinion Reading and Writing - Driverless Cars?

Opinion Reading and Writing - Driverless Cars?

Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Are Driverless Cars the Future of American Transportation? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether driverless cars will replace human-driven cars in the near future. Let students read about both sides and craft their own arguments. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Lexile-levels advanced fifth grade through seventh grade. Answer keys included. No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included in the packet: Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through basic seventh grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Students Wear Uniforms? Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies?
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Fall Informational Reading Bundle

Fall Informational Reading Bundle

Fall Informational Reading Bundle Halloween and Fall are excellent times to bring seasonal reading into the classroom. Save 25% by buying this bundle of reading packets. Please click on the following links to get detailed descriptions of the four products this bundle contains: Fall Informational Reading - All About Candy Corn Fall Informational Reading - The Truth About Vampire Bats Fall Informational Reading - The Mystery of the Salem Witches Solved? Fall Informational Reading - Day of the Dead After a close reading of the articles, students will answer questions on main ideas, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. A coordinating creative writing prompt will help develop critical thinking skills on the topic. The reading level is sixth and seventh grade. It is in the Lexile stretch band for fifth grade and the basic level for eighth grade. No prep! Just print and go. Great for substitutes. You might also like: Extreme Sports Informational Reading Bundle
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APA Citation Guidelines

APA Citation Guidelines

This APA Citation Guidelines packet includes everything your secondary students need to know about formatting a paper, in-text citations, and references. Includes: Detailed instructions and examples for document format, sections, in-text citations and references Handy in-text citation chart Reference chart for generating article references Complete sample paper You might also like: Writing a Summary and Response Essay - Complete Unit Writing Prompts for Research and Response Papers Writing a Persuasive Essay - Complete Unit MLA Citations 8th Edition Guidelines This product is included in my APA research paper writing unit: Writing a Research Paper Complete Unit - APA Style
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Research Paper Complete Unit - APA Style

Research Paper Complete Unit - APA Style

Writing a research paper - complete unit in APA style. This is the APA version of my best-selling MLA research paper unit found here: Writing a Research Paper - Complete Unit The content is the same, but adjusted for APA style, with additional material covering the basics of APA style. Although it briefly covers the unique paper types in APA - experimental reports and literature reviews, this unit is meant for secondary students who are writing basic research papers. College-level style guides are not included. Everything here is classroom-tested with hundreds of students who have successfully written a research paper. There are 70 pages of teacher notes, handouts, worksheets, activities and examples, all in an easy-to-follow progression. Includes pre-writing, how to find appropriate sources, taking notes, writing body paragraphs using the "research sandwich" method, outlining, introductions and conclusions, revising, group work, APA formatting, avoiding plagiarism and group work. Also included are fun activities for something a little different. Using this unit, your students might actually enjoy writing research papers! Please see the table of contents in the preview for a complete overview. Originally written for reluctant learner high school students, I have had a lot of feedback from middle school and junior high teachers letting me know that they have used it effectively in their classrooms as well. Includes these individual products: APA Citation Guidelines Avoiding Plagiarism Pair with this companion product to generate ideas for research papers: Writing Prompts for Research Papers and Response Papers You might also like: Writing a Great Thesis Statement Revising Paragraphs in Essays Writing a Summary and Response Essay - Complete Unit
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Writing Prompts on Success for Journals and Bell Ringers

Writing Prompts on Success for Journals and Bell Ringers

These writing prompts feature a quote on success and a thoughtful prompt. Perfect for bell ringers or journals, there are ten quotes and prompts for each writing strategy: expository, narrative, persuasive, and research. Al reflect a growth mindset. This product comes in three forms: print (pdf), a Power Point presentation, and digital (for Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) for maximum flexibility. You can print pages for your students, show the slide, or assign digital work. The expository, narrative, and persuasive prompts can be used for quick, informal writing (as well as longer, more polished assignments). The research prompts take more time, as students are asked to find information before writing. You might also like: You might also like: Writing Prompts for Research Papers and Argumentative Essays Revising Paragraphs in Essays Avoiding Plagiarism
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The Glass Castle Movie Book Comparison and Discussion

The Glass Castle Movie Book Comparison and Discussion

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is now a movie that is true to the story but has some significant creative differences from the book. This is the perfect opportunity for students to do a compare/contrast and analyze the choices between print and film mediums. The Glass Castle is a favorite of my students, and the movie will be a great addition! Common-core aligned to ELA RL.7 for grades 8-12. This unit is INCLUDED with my Glass Castle resources product for the book found here: The Glass Castle Resources Included in this product: Character compare/contrasts with writing prompts Setting compare/contrast with writing prompt Favorite scenes from the book and movie with writing prompt Scene compare/contrast with writing prompt Discussion questions for group discussion or writing assignments You might also like: The Black Cat by Poe Speed Round Short Story Discussion Questions Enders Game Novel Teaching Packet The Other Wes Moore Teaching Unit Zeitoun Teaching Unit
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Opinion Writing and Opinion Reading - Trophies for Everyone?

Opinion Writing and Opinion Reading - Trophies for Everyone?

Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Are participation trophies for everyone a good idea? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether participation trophies motivate kids or take away from important learning experiences. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included. No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan. Watch this short video for a more thorough preview of the unit: Included in the packet: Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fifth grade through seventh grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Elementary School Students do Homework? Opinion Reading and Writing – Should Bottled Water be Banned?
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Opinion Reading and Writing Bundle 5

Opinion Reading and Writing Bundle 5

Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Each packet includes two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included. No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plans. Watch this short video for a more thorough preview of the unit: Video: How to use Opinion Reading and Writing Units in Your Classroom Interested in more topics? Check out the 12-unit MEGA Bundle: Opinion Reading and Writing MEGA Bundle Included in each packet: Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing Bundle 2 Opinion Reading and Writing Bundle 3
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Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Trophies for Everyone?

Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Trophies for Everyone?

Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Are participation trophies for everyone a good idea? This packet contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether participation trophies motivate kids or take away from important learning experiences.Let students read about both sides and craft their own arguments. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Lexile levels are advanced fifth grade through seventh grade. Answer keys included. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. No prep! Just print and go. Perfect substitute lesson plan. Watch this short video for a more thorough preview of the unit: For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Writing and Reading - Trophies for Everyone? Included in the file: Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through basic seventh grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Writing and and Reading DIGITAL - Fidget Spinners in the Classroom?
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Thesis Statements -Writing a Great Thesis

Thesis Statements -Writing a Great Thesis

Thesis statements: Writing a thesis statement can seem like an overwhelming task for many students. This packet includes informational handouts with ideas, explanations and worksheets to make the process easy. A complementary Power Point is included with ideas and tips for writing a great thesis statement. Contains a 7-slide power point and 8-page handout/worksheet packet. You might also like: Writing a Summary and Response Essay - Complete Unit Revising Paragraphs in Essays Avoiding Plagiarism Writing Prompts for Research and Response Papers
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Run-on Sentences Cootie Catchers

Run-on Sentences Cootie Catchers

Run-on sentence review can be fun! These cootie catchers are an effective, engaging way to learn and review, even for older students. This product contains three different cootie catchers, instructions for folding and using, and ideas for activities. Take the boring out of grammar! These are color, but they also print well in black and white. You might also like: Sentence Fragment Cootie Catchers Active and Passive Voice Cootie Catchers Subject Verb Agreement Cootie Catchers Apostrophe Mania Game, Worksheets, and Quiz Comma Rules Power Point
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Narrative Essay DIGITAL - Complete Unit for Google Drive and OneDrive

Narrative Essay DIGITAL - Complete Unit for Google Drive and OneDrive

Go Paperless! Digital For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Writing a Narrative Essay: This unit has everything you need to teach a narrative essay from start to finish. It is meant to align with all the objectives of common core standard Text Types and Purposes for 8th - 10th grade (8.W.3; 9.W.3; 10.W.3), but is useful for narrative writing for all grades seventh and up. There 29 pages jam-packed with lesson plans, worksheets, handouts, group work, picture writing prompts, graphic organizers and more! A sample essay is included and used in examples throughout to enhance understanding. This unit is also great for teaching effective descriptive writing, with an emphasis on concrete, or sensory, detail. I've used this unit successfully with hundreds of students. It's suitable for middle school through high school. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Narrative Essay - Complete Unit You might also like: Argumentative Essays Digital Opinion Reading and Writing Digital - Do Animals Belong in Zoos?
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Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive Compatible Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should animals be kept in zoos? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether animals should be kept in zoos. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Animals be Kept in Zoos? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is fifth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Driverless Cars? Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Fidget Spinners in the Classroom?
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Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL- Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? For Google Drive

Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL- Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? For Google Drive

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should schools discipline cyberbullies? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether schools should be responsible for discipline cyberbullies when it happens off campus. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should Schools Discipline Cyberbullies? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is fifth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Fidget Spinners in the Classroom? Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL - Driverless Cars?
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Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should America Switch to Metrics?

Opinion Writing & Opinion Reading DIGITAL - Should America Switch to Metrics?

For Google Drive and Google Classroom. Go Paperless! Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive Compatible Opinion writing starts with reading about both sides of the argument. Should America Switch to the Metric System? This digital file contains two original informational non-fiction articles, one pro and one con on the topic of whether the U.S. should switch to the metric system. Multiple skills are covered, including reading, close reading, reading comprehension, analyzing two texts on the same topic, vocabulary, summarizing, and opinion writing. CCSS aligned. Answer keys included in teacher file. Includes Google Drive teacher and student instructions and Microsoft OneDrive instructions. For the PRINT version of this product, click here: Opinion Reading and Writing - Should America Switch to the Metric System? No prep! Perfect substitute lesson plan. Included: Google Drive Teacher Instructions Google Drive Student Instructions Microsoft One Drive Instructions Teacher file with all pages including answer keys Student file with all applicable pages Two non-fiction articles, one pro and one con The reading level is advanced fourth grade through sixth grade. Two versions of each reading are included, one with bolded vocabulary words and one with no bolded words. Three vocabulary sheets One contains the vocabulary words with definitions to use as a handout. One contains the words only if you want to have the students look up the definitions. The third is a worksheet that helps students practice the vocabulary in context. A pro and con chart for group work A “My Opinion” worksheet This worksheet allows students to agree with one of the authors, and display close reading skills, using evidence from the text to support their opinions. Bonus pages: If you decide to assign an essay using these readings or topic, I’ve included: An outline template Essay assignment sheet Grading Rubrics CCSS standards included on rubrics for 5th and 6th grades, or use the generic rubrics You might also like: Opinion Reading and Writing DIGITAL – Tablets vs. Textbooks?
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