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  • This unit draws on creative writing and thinking, starting with a "What if..." and progressing through news articles, point-of-view writing, and much more. Great for group work or individual projects.
  • "He is concerned about how the student will fit in with his friends."
  • Moving to a new place is exciting...
  • Four of our upper elementary/middle school writing prompts/discussion topics in one place. Thought-provoking Thanksgiving writing prompts.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses petty theft.
  • Part of the abcteach character-education series, which introduces children to challenging life skills decisions and asks them, "What would you do if this happened to you?" This one addresses misdirected anger.
  • Five logical errors are presented and explained, then reviewed with comprehension questions and writing prompts.
  • 29 quotes from famous African-Americans form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • This thorough unit is packed with information about some of the most common fallacies: how to spot them, and how to avoid them.
  • Categorical syllogisms, illicit majors, equivocation, amphiboly, and more... it sounds tricky, but this unit clears away the confusion.
  • 31 quotes from famous women form the basis for writing prompts that require students to use their skills of reflection, research, and writing.
  • Excerpts from Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech are reviewed in writing prompts, with an emphasis on rhetoric. Adaptable to a range of grades.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of the relationships between zoo facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • This assignment develops basic research skills that provide background information for future writing or reports. This activity helps students learn about animal species found at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a powerful, single-paged sales or informational flyer is a fast and affordable way to get information out to the public. This assignment encourages a deeper understanding of the zoo business. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. The term “exotic species” can be clearly understood as you bring the concept into focus with your communicated meaning. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Writing and following directions are important skills to have when putting something together, repeating an experiment, or learning new techniques. This activity helps students describe an animal behavior that helps it survive. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. This activity helps students compare, contrast animal species found at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. ELA Standards RI7 RI8 RI9

  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students communicate their ideas, observations and opinions regarding animal behavior at the zoo. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider a zoo safety issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe the relationship between zoo facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A case study requires that you investigate and describe the experiences of one or a few in a way that helps your reader understand that there are many others in similar circumstances. Develop an understanding of the relationships between humans and animals. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students communicate their ideas, observations and opinions regarding animal exhibit safety at the public aquarium. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe the relationship between aquarium facilities and their supporters. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the business or industry as you describe the relationship between aquarium facilities and their suppliers. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Aquarium Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Aquarium".
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of the relationship between wildlife and human activity. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Creating a powerful, single-paged sales or informational flyer is a fast and affordable way to get information out to the public. This assignment encourages a deeper understanding of the animal shelter business. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. The term “cold-blooded” can be clearly understood as you bring the concept into focus with your communicated meaning. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students explore opposing viewpoints and strengthens the ability to research topics and empathize with others. Argue for or against an animal rights issue. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider an issue animal shelters struggle with and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about a business involved in the pet industry. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity helps students learn about an animal species of their choice. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the PowerPoint presentation Animal Kingdom found in the Theme Unit: Living on Planet Earth.
  • Creating a powerful, single-paged sales or informational flyer is a fast and affordable way to get information out to the public. This assignment encourages a deeper understanding of how we can protect coral reefs. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. The term “mimicry” can be clearly understood as you bring the concept into focus with your communicated meaning. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. This activity asks students to consider the ballast water issue and offer a solution. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. A venture report provides details about a business, entrepreneur or team. Help the reader learn something new about the profiting from invertebrates. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Invertebrates of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Creating a 30 second advertisement script is a fun marketing assignment. It also develops an understanding of charity fund raising. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Fish of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Creating a powerful, single-paged sales or informational flyer is a fast and affordable way to get information out to the public. This assignment encourages a deeper understanding of the food service industry. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Fish of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Satisfy your curiosity and write your own ideas about an assigned topic. The term “overfishing” can be clearly understood as you bring the concept into focus with your communicated meaning. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Fish of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • Writing and following directions are important skills to have when putting something together, repeating an experiment, or learning new techniques. This activity helps students describe how fish protect themselves from predators. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings based on the Fish of the Animal Kingdom PowerPoint presentation found in the Living on Planet Earth Series.