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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.
  • "Recently, more and more of her friends are doing things that make her uncomfortable."
  • "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 helping others.
  • 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.
  • 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 the conflict between doing what is expected, and doing what is creative.
  • 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 whether it's right to get back at a bully.
  • With this self-directed spelling project, students choose a theme and write on the topic, with an emphasis on correctly spelling theme-related words.
  • 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.
  • 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 making friends in a new school.
  • Improve writing skills by focusing on the topic, audience, purpose, and form of writing. This prompt helps students review the uses of math in their daily lives.
  • This thorough unit is packed with information about some of the most common fallacies: how to spot them, and how to avoid them.
  • Includes the main elements of a news article, writing headlines, writing a lead, story sequencing, differences between fact and opinion... all the basic aspects of news writing are included in this 15 page multiple-skill unit. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1

  • 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.
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Errol claimed cats could read minds, because scientists had never proven they couldn't."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples."Please give me the job, because my children are sick and I have a broken leg."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples."Gina was so afraid. Her neighbor had a mean dog. Gina was sure it would bite her some day."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "You still read those books? What are you, a baby? Only babies like those books."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "More and more people are buying sports cars. It's time for you to buy one too!"
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "A website I read said milk makes you taller. I know it's true because the website said it was."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "People under the age of 18 should not have the right to vote because only adults should have the right to vote."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "The sun comes up when my rooster crows. My rooster makes the sun rise."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Either you're born smart, or you eventually flunk out of school."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Marge opposed the governor's plan to fight poverty because it didn't eliminate all poverty."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Mick likes spiders, so he'll be pleased to find some in his shirt."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Everyone has a right to their opinion, even a liar like Ed."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Cats have kittens. So don't get a cat if you don't want to be a crazy cat lady with a house full of cats."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Jack said Susan didn't cheat, but he is a thief, so she probably did cheat."
  • Poster defines the fallacy and gives examples. "Diane broke her leg the first time she tried skiing. 'Skiing is dangerous: you always break your leg,' she said."
  • Poster describes the fallacy and gives examples. "Of course we should drive big cars. We've always driven big cars."
  • Print as many pages as necessary to make a tour guide book for the best sites on Earth to take an alien visitor to see.
  • This form provides leading questions about a ecosystems and animal species survival to help the student gather ideas and background information for future paragraph and essay writing assignments. 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.