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Writing

The lessons I have developed were created in order to improve students' IEP writing goals.

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Students will learn how to write an introduction for a research paper. Through the lesson, they will learn to write an attention grabber, background information, a thesis, and a transition sentence.

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Students will learn how to organize their notes with topics and subtopics. They will then learn how to create an outline and will make an outline using the information from their notes.

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For this lesson, students will learn how to pick a topic for a research paper. They will then think of questions they want to answer in their research paper, and use those questions to guide what they take notes on. A detailed PowerPoint explains how to use PowerPoint to organize and take notes.

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This unit focuses on the foundations to developing effective sentences that will grow and build into strong pargraphs.  Students are guided through processes that will help them to create sentences that are fluent. Sentence types, functions, styles are all addressed in this unit.

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Students will be able to identify the various types of sentences.  Students will be able to punctuate the various types of sentences with the correct punctuation. 

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For this lesson, students will learn what theme is, understand what the most common themes are, and analyze the theme of short stories. As a final assessment, students will read a novel and write a 5 paragraph essay analyzing the theme.

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This video is an example of how I would model annotations for my students in my Rhetorical Analysis Unit. I go through Florence Kelley's speech to NAWSA about Child Labor and explain my thoughts as I annotate the piece for rhetorical devices and appeals.

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This is a 10 week unit plan that takes students through the process of learning rhetorical analysis. It starts with the basics: the rhetorical triangle, vocabulary, basic analysis.

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The Writer’s File is a companion unit to use with the in-class teaching or tutoring sessions concerning writing the informative paper. The unit is directed for writers in middle school with lexile reading levels between 500 and 1000. The unit is broken down into several sections based on the common steps in the writing process.

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