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26 resources with the concept leads

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Start at the Beginning!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Okay, your writers are ready to become authors - but how do they begin? This packet uses humor to keep kids entertained as they learn about first sentences. First, they get a brief introduction to the various types of beginnings they...
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It's a Matter of Opinion

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Dissect the parts of an advertisement with your class. Middle schoolers discuss advertisements and locate the hook in them. Then, they create an advertisement for a business, in which they include the name of the business, an...
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Write on! Hooking the Reader

For Teachers 4th
How does one hook a reader? Fourth graders will brainstorm ways to "hook" the reader into a story they wrote. They will view online examples of using figurative language in a story. This is a great "show" not "tell" activity. Resources...
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Hooking Your Reader

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Hook your class into inquiry-based, hands-on learning with a activity on narrative leads. Pupils research different types of hooks and decide which one to use in their own writing. Carefully scaffolded to include all learners, the...
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Active Beginnings

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Help your pupils build narratives and stories that capture the attention of their readers with this set of worksheets. The first focuses on active introductory sentences, the second on exciting transition words and phrases, and the third...
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Teaching the Short Story - Teacher's Packet

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Journalism Lesson

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Engage your pupils in a seres of journalism activities. For this journalism lesson plan, learners practice with AP style, analyze an article, practice writing leads, work with organizing information, and take a stab at writing headlines....
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Social Studies: Essay Outline

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Here is a resource intended for a social studies class, but great no matter the subject. It's a complete outline for an essay. It includes space to write ideas related to the thesis, supporting details, transition sentences and words,...
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Writing: Essay Introductions and Conclusions

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers use writing techniques worksheets to help them identify the components of the introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs of an essay. After this guided practice, they craft their own concluding paragraphs and exchange...
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Story Openings

For Teachers 4th - 7th
How should you begin a story? Show this presentation to give your class a few ideas. Each slide includes information about story openings and examples of certain types of story openings written by well-known authors. After showing the...
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The Hook

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A fishing hook inspires this presentation about different methods for starting a composition. Have class members take notes or edit current drafts while viewing the slide show. The animation is entertaining, but gets repetitive by the...
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The Essay Diagram

For Students 7th - 12th
Provide your essay writers with a diagram of the expository essay. The graphic models how the introductory paragraph begins with a hook, gradually becomes more specific, and leads to the thesis statement. Each body paragraph begins with...
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Writing the Five Paragraph Essay: Some basic rules for writing that you should always follow!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Need a quick review of the format of the five-paragraph essay? The strength of this presentation is in the color-highlighted examples used to illustrate the terms. Consider adding additional slides that provide a model of a complete essay.
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The Five-Paragraph Essay: Template for College Writing

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
If your writers have already mastered the basic five-paragraph essay, consider introducing them to a broader application of this format. Writers consider sections instead of paragraphs, context/claim, and synthesis. Although no models...
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Getting Hooked, Introduction for a Narrative

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
How can you interest your reader? Here is a great lesson on reading and discussing the characteristics of a narrative. Elementary schoolers explore writing techniques to hook the reader. They identify their hook and share their...
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The Lead Paragraph - How to Hook the Reader in 25 Words or Less

For Students 9th - 12th
In this reading and writing analysis worksheet, high schoolers read a sample letter that hooks the readers. The students then discuss and adjust three other writing samples to make them more interesting.
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To the Extreme: Lesson 6 of 15

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Invent an extreme sport! Writers create a descriptive paragraph about an extreme sport for their individual newspaper. They analyze descriptive elements of sentences and newspaper stories, and then incorporate them into their own...
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Should We Give Homework?

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Use Jack Prelutsky's poem "Homework" to spark a debate about homework. Should kids be assigned homework? If so, how often? There are some schools that do not send their kids home with work. What are the possible benefits? After...
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Essay Writing

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Walk your class through the parts of a five-paragraph essay by reviewing these slides. A basic outline is given along with explanations of various parts such as the thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion. This brief presentation would...
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Great Beginnings

For Students 6th - 9th
In this framing opening sentences worksheet, students study 3 ways to get their writing off to a great start. Students give each of the 3 techniques a try.
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Terrific Topic Sentences

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Capture the interest of your reader with terrific topic sentences. To practice hooking the reader, your class will be given writing prompts, and they must create topic sentences for each prompt provided. Encourage them to use different...
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Writing: Strong Opening Sentence

For Students 6th - 8th
In this writing skills worksheet, students read a 5 paragraph selection about a Christina Aguilera and then examine the opening sentence of the piece. Students write their own review and create a strong opening sentence for it.
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Testing the Waters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Should you trust the water you drink every day? The hands-on activity has scholars test water from different sources for contaminants. Pupils perform chemical testing and make conclusions about pH, hardness, iron, chlorine, lead, and...
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Reading Handouts and Book List

For Teachers K - 5th
It's a book list for every possible purpose! The resource starts out with some reading comprehension support materials and worksheets, and then moves into pages and pages of categorized lists of books and stories that you can use to...