Teaching Essay Strategies
Teaching Essay Strategies is a comprehensive curriculum designed to help teachers teach the essay components of the Common Core Writing Standards. This step-by-step program provides all of the resources for upper elementary, middle school, and high school teachers to teach both the writing process essays and the accompanying writing strategies.
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The Teaching Essay Strategies program includes the following resources in this digital download (eBook):
This essay curriculum is built upon comprehensive assessment. Each of the eight Writing Process Essays begins with an on-demand diagnostic assessment. Teachers grade this writing task according to relative strengths and weaknesses on an analytical rubric.
Eight Writing Process Essays
The program includes the writing prompts, resource texts, graphic organizers, response, revision, and editing resources to teach eight Writing Process Essays. The first four essays are in the informative/explanatory genre (Common Core Writing Standard 2.0). The last four essays are in the argumentative/persuasive writing genre (Common Core Writing Standard 1.0). Accompanying resource texts include both literary and informational forms, as prescribed by the Common Core Reading Standards.
Essay Strategy Worksheets
To master the essay strategies detailed in Common Core Writing Standards 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0, students complete 42 Essay Strategy Worksheets. Students move from simple three-word paragraphs to complex multi-paragraph Common Core Writing Standard 1.0 and 2.0 essays, using a time-tested numerical hierarchy for essay organization. This coding takes the mystery out of how to organize and compose coherent and unified essays. Students learn and apply the essay writing rules, essay structure, introduction strategies, evidence and argument, conclusion strategies, and all of the common grammatical sentence models in the context of authentic writing practice.
Writing Openers and Quick Writes
Teaching Essay Strategies includes a full year of Sentence Revision (sentence combining, sentence manipulation, and grammatical sentence models), Writing Style Openers, and Rhetorical Stance Quick Writes to help students practice writing dexterity and writing fluency (Common Core Writing Standard 10.0). These 10-minute openers require no advance preparation and no teacher correction.
Quick skill-based lessons.
Essay Writing Worksheets with Answers
Over 100 Thesis Statement, Writing Transitions, Errors in Reasoning, Writing Style, Writing Skills, and Sentence Structure Worksheets. Perfect to practice your writing mini-lessons.
Get 67 pages of colorful digital writing posters (8.5 x 11 for easy printing) to serve as anchor charts to teach and reinforce the key instructional components of the program. Laminate and post these and you'll have the best-looking classroom walls in your school.
How much class time does it take per week?
The complete Teaching Essay Strategies program takes 70 minutes per week of class time. The resources in this book are user-friendly. Absolutely no prep time is required to teach this curriculum.
Quick and Easy Grading and Better Writing Feedback with e-Comments for Microsoft Word® and Google Docs and Slides
This program includes a downloadable essay e-comments bank of 438 insertable comments for Microsoft Word® and four separate printable comment banks: Grades 3-6, Grades 6-9, Grades 9-12, College and Workplace for Google docs and slides. The latter comment banks are included in the e-Comments Chrome Extension found on the Chrome Web Store.
e-Comments Chrome Extension
Save time grading and provide better writing feedback with the author's e-Comments Chrome Extension. This app includes hundreds of canned writing comments with the same language of instruction as Teaching Essay Strategies and Teaching Grammar and Mechanics. Use the same terminology and definitions in your teaching and annotations in Google docs (and slides) comments. Now, that's a seamless connection to teach and practice writing skills, grammar, and mechanics in the writing context!
The e-Comments writing categories include writing format and citations, essay and story structure, essay and story content analysis, sentence formation and writing style, word choice, grammar, and mechanics.
When you open a student's doc or slide, the e-Comments menu pops-up in the right margin. Simply highlight a writing issue in the student's text and click on a comment button. The comment automatically appears in the margin next to the student's text.
FREE TRIAL! Would all my students need this program? No, just the teacher. The e-Comments program syncs to multiple devices and saves to the cloud.
Can I edit these e-comments? Yes, they are customizable.
Can I add, format, and save my own custom writing comments to the e-Comment menu? Yes.
Can I record audio comments? Yes.
Can I record video comments? Yes, just make sure your hair isn’t out of place.
Can I use speech to text? Yes, save time typing personalized comment additions.
I'm not tech proficient. Is e-Comments easy to use? Yes. The one-page Quick Start User Guide and video tutorial will get you grading or editing in just minutes. No time-consuming and complicated multiple clicks, dropdown menus, or comment codes. This program is intuitive and user-friendly.
Buy your grade-level Teaching Essay Strategies program now, and then navigate to the Chrome Web Store to purchase or add the free trial of the e-Comments Chrome Extension.
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