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PARAGRAPH OF THE WEEK: WRITING PROMPTS

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NONFICTION TEXT STRUCTURES UNIT

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PARAGRAPH OF THE WEEK

Are your students struggling to write well-organized paragraphs? Paragraph of the Week, a weekly paragraph writing practice system, will provide your students with LOTS of practice opportunities in writing well-organized paragraphs in a fun and enjoyable way.

Includes 20 Narrative, 20 Informational, and 20 Opinion Writing Prompts

Each Paragraph of the Week activity includes…

✔ a unique prompt (designed to only be one paragraph, but could easily be extended if desired). 

✔ a reminder section (You can EDIT to add your own reminders)

✔ a brainstorming section for collecting ideas.

✔ a space for students to write a final draft of their paragraph. (on the back) SAVE PAPER!

This resource also comes with…

✔ a Digital Version created in Google Slides

✔ a "Printer Friendly" version of ALL sheets

✔ optional drafting pages for students to use when writing their 1st and 2nd draft (3 versions to choose from)

✔ a revising and editing checklist on the 1st and 2nd draft pages

✔ a rubric to use when grading your students' writing

✔ a template to make your own Paragraph of the Week Activities

It's EDITABLE! The text in this resource is fully editable in PowerPoint (PDF also included). This means you can change any wording on any page to fit the needs of your students.

What Teachers Are Saying...

"What a practical way to squeeze in some focused writing practice! I have students glue them into a notebook...left side prompt and brainstorming, right side rough draft....final copy on loose leaf paper that gets stapled on top of the rough draft. organized and easy to see progress!"

~ Jennifer M.

"I have used this for 3 weeks now with my class and I am already seeing improvements! I was looking for a way to incorporate some creative writing into all the common core, reading response writing tasks that don't allow for very much creativity- this is EXACTLY what I was looking for! I can't live without it now. Thank you for creating such a wonderful resource!"

~ Victoria C.

"Excellent resource for homework. My 4th grade pull out class loves these writing prompts. They are very creative and I am receiving some very interesting responses. Purchase is worth every cent"

~ Ali B.
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NONFICTION TEXT STRUCTURES

Stop spending time searching for the perfect informational texts to teach Text Structures! This Nonfiction Text Structure Resource Bundle is a complete pack of HIGH-INTEREST resources to help you fully teach, practice, and assess the five main text structures; Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Problem and Solution, Chronological/Sequence, AND Description.

This Resource Includes: (comes in PDF format and Google Apps)

 6 Student Notes Pages (TEACH) - For introducing each text structure, use these half-sheet student notes pages. Perfect for gluing in reading notebooks. Includes a completed version and a version where students can fill-in the notes. (Separate examples are included for Chronological Order & Sequence)

 11 Student Practice Activities (PRACTICE) - For each Text Structure, you will get TWO passages and TWO activities for students to complete. Each activity asks students to fill in a graphic organizer, identify clue words, and explain why the author wrote the passage. (3 passages are included for Chronological/Sequence)

 6 Paired Passage Activities (PRACTICE)- These passages are perfect for comparing text structures on the SAME TOPIC. Each page includes a passage about "bullying" and asks students to identify the text structure and compare it with a different "bullying" passage. (One passage per text structure; Separate examples are included for Chronological Order & Sequence)

A Mixed Review Activity/Game (PRACTICE) - This activity includes 15 passage cards and an organizer chart for students to fill in as they read the passages. Students are asked to identify the text structure of each passage and provide evidence for their decision. I like to have students complete this activity as an "end of unit" review before the test. They can complete this with a partner, in small groups, independently, or as a whole class game!

Anchor Chart - Describes each text structure and gives clue words to look for. You can recreate the anchor chart on large chart paper if needed. I also include a blank chart for students to fill out in their notebook.

A Unit Assessment (ASSESS) (with answer key) - The test covers all five text structures and some basic comprehension skills. There are 37 questions and 6 passages.

Answer Keys included for ALL Activities!!!

Teaching Tips - on how to use each part of this resource!

PROFESSIONALLY Written Passages - ALL passages were written by professional authors and are on high-interest topics.

What Teachers Are Saying...

"No Prep = love. Love that the student note pages are small enough to fit in their composition notebooks. The practice pages are engaging and students can do them independently."

~ Emily G.

"This is such a phenomenal resource! Sometimes, it is difficult to find articles or books that demonstrate the different text structures. This resource eliminates that problem completely! Thank you for creating this!"

~ Rachel S.

"I LOVE this resource! It is a very thorough unit with everything you need to teach text structure well. My students loved the Name that Text Structure activity. We turned it into a game."

~ Patricia E.
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FICTION & NONFICTION

READING RESPONSE ACTIVITIES

Are you looking for ready-to-go reading response activities that will help your students improve their comprehension? Make your reading centers and guided reading lessons effective and stress-free with these reading activities. They are so much more than just graphic organizers. Simply pair any of these sheets with a Nonfiction OR Fiction text, and you have an instant activity for your students! It's that simple!

This resource includes...

  • 44 Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Activity Sheets that can be used during Literacy Centers and/or Guided Reading. These activity sheets were created to align with the Common Core Standards, and are meant to reinforce “good” reading strategies.
  • A PDF version and a fully editable version of each page in PowerPoint
  • A GOOGLE Slides version that is ready to be used with Google Classroom (formatted for students to type on the pages)
  • An ANCHOR CHART version of each sheet with directions on how to print poster-size pages. 

Non-Fiction Skills/Strategies Include:

✔ KWL Chart

✔ Asking Questions

✔ Previewing Vocabulary

✔ Previewing the Text

✔ Making Inferences

✔ Text Features

✔ Main Idea and Supporting Details

✔ Identifying Topic Sentences and Supporting Details

✔ Text Structure: Chronological Order

✔ Text Structure: Compare and Contrast (2 versions)

✔ Text Structure: Cause and Effect (3 versions)

✔ Text Structure: Problem and Solution

✔ Writing a Summary

✔ Using Context Clues

✔ Fact vs. Opinion

✔ Analyzing Different Points of View in a Text

✔ Reflecting on a Text

✔ Comparing Two Texts

✔ Reasons & Evidence

 

Fiction Skill/Strategies Included:

✔ Making Inferences

✔ Theme

✔ Analyzing Characters' Actions

✔ Write a Summary

✔ Analyzing the Setting

✔ Analyzing Characters

✔ Comparing Characters

✔ Comparing Texts

✔ Using Context Clues

✔ Analyzing Similes & Metaphors

✔ Point of View & Perspective

✔ What's the Main Idea

✔ Elements of Fiction

✔ Problem & Solution (2 sheets)

✔ Cause & Effect (2 sheets)

✔ Sequence of Events

✔ Beyond the Text

✔ Making Connections

✔ Making Predictions

✔ Visualizing

What Teachers Are Saying...

"This resource was extremely helpful! I used it multiple times over the past several years. My students were engaged throughout, and it gave me a solid reference point to check comprehension and reading fluency."

~ Christin M.

"Very versatile resource. This can be used with any text or any unit that we are studying. I can leave an activity for students to complete with a sub or in small group. They can also be used for independent activities. I've used them with our basal, learning magazines, and my novel studies."

~ Rachael C.

"These graphic organizers are exactly what I need for reading. The way it's organized by fiction and nonfiction is such a huge time saver. I also love how uncluttered the graphics are so as to not take away from the focus of the activity. Really well-made and organized resource. Thank you!"

~ Ammylou D.
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