Category Archives: Writing

#Medieval #ResearchPaper Topics for #Teachers @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Image of a scanned list of medieval research topics, ranging from Joan of Arc to farming during the middle ages.

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Here’s my list of medieval research topics. If you’re an English or history teacher, you may find this and my other research-paper related blog posts helpful:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

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#Research Paper Topics for #Educators: #Scientific #Inventors @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Image shows a scanned list of scientific inventors in alphabetical order, to be used as a list of topic choices for research projects.

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Here’s a list of scientific inventors in alphabetical order. You can use this list for research paper projects in your classroom or library.  It’s nice to have a list in alphabetical order, so you can issue encyclopedias to students accordingly.

I should also point out that English Emporium already has a ton of stuff on research papers available for you to download and print, including:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

Topics for #ResearchPapers: #Artists List for #Teachers @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Image of a scanned list of artists and painters in alphabetical order.

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When I was a brand-new English teacher, I used to wonder what topics to use for research papers. The first time I tried teaching research papers, I let the students choose their own topics. Ha ha ha! Sure, I got some great research papers on skateboarding and Minecraft, but I also got some real duds.

One kid even did a so-called research paper on cow manure, just so he had an excuse to use the “sh” word in class when quoting local dairymen he had interviewed!

Kids can be soooo creative that way.

To help anyone who’s struggling with research papers, I’m going to post lists of possible research topics over the next few months. Today I’m starting with artists. Next I’ll post a list of inventors. And at the end of this series of blog posts, I’ll make a list of medieval research topics available to you.

I should also point out that English Emporium already has a ton of stuff on research papers available for you to download and print, including:

Hopefully there’s something useful in that stack of stuff I’ve used over the 23 years that I worked as an English teacher. If you like my free, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and activities, please show your appreciation by pinning these on Pinterest, tweeting about them, and/or sharing them through other social media. Just be sure to mention where you found them!

Free #goalSetting wksht for #languageArts #teachers

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Printable writing log with boxes for setting goals and reflecting on the six traits of writing.

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Printable writing log with boxes for setting goals and reflecting on the six traits of writing.

For more free printable templates, classroom activities, and teacher tools, visit EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

Goal setting is so important for students! This goal-setting handout was something I gave my students at the start of the school year, and we tried to fill every box with writing scores by the end of the school year. It was a challenging goal to accomplish, but if you give scores for first and final drafts of a single paper, it’s not impossible.

And in case you missed last month’s post, I have a six traits scoring form that matches this goal-setting chart. I also have a number of PowerPoints that guide students through self-evaluation or peer-evaluation of writing, to save the English/language arts teacher time.

You’re welcome to use this goal-setting chart with your students, but please show your appreciation by sharing, liking, and/or pinning it with a link back to this website. Thanks! (Those links, by the way, will take you to my various social media pages where you can find this post, if it’s a recent one.)

 

#TimeSavers for #English and #LanguageArts teachers @ EnglishEmporium.WordPress.com

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Printable score sheet which uses the six traits of good writing to score students and help them set goals for future writing projects.

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This is the six traits of writing score sheet that I used for more than 20 years in my English classroom. I like it a lot because it offers sections for “What you do well” and “What you need to work on.”

Remember that the PowerPoint scoring guides I’ve created (and editing guides) are available on this page in English Emporium, so if you want, you can use these PowerPoints to have the students self-score or score each other. That can save an English teacher a LOT of time!

You’re welcome to use this in your classroom, but please show your appreciation by sharing, liking, and/or pinning it with a link back to this website. Thanks! (Those links, by the way, will take you to my various social media pages where you can find this post, if it’s a recent one.)

Also, if the school where you teach offers a Secret Santa program, you might want to check out my Secret Santa blog at that link. It offers free poems, craft patterns, and gift ideas for Secret Santas/Secret Pals. The holidays creep up on us awfully quickly!

Here’s a #Writing #CoverSheet for All #Teachers in Every Subject!

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Writing Cover Sheet for Any Class Subject

Have you ever been asked to offer up a cover sheet that the science teacher, the math teacher, and even the PE teacher can use? Well as an English teacher, I’ve been asked to provide this many times. Here’s the one I use.

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How to #Teach the Basics of the #5ParagraphEssay With a Sample #Outline

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Template showing how to do an outline for a five paragraph essay, using six quotations within the body paragraphs.

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Last week I posted my thesis statement graphic organizer. Today I’m posting the next step to creating a basic five-paragraph essay with a persuasive three-point thesis.

It’s the outline. Here’s an Outline Sampler that I use to help the kids see how simple it is to put together a five-paragraph essay with three main points.

You can project this Outline Sampler on a board or screen, so all the students can follow it as a simple guide. You might want to print copies for them as well. What can you expect for bumps in the road?

  • A lot of kids don’t understand when to indent in an outline.
  • Some students may not know that there’s an order to follow–first one, then the next, then the final main point from the thesis should be consistently in the same order.
  • Other students will forget to capitalize the A, B, and C in their outline.
  • They may not know how to do an introduction paragraph and a conclusion paragraph. That’s fine. In the initial stages, have them leave that blank until they can think something up.
  • There’s usually one kid who understands the concept of the outline too well. He or she will sometimes try to write the actual essay without making the outline first. This student will pretty much have an outline with complete sentences instead of brief ideas. Try to discourage them from doing this, since it’s important for them to follow each step in the writing process (as that’s part of the curriculum).

Well that’s it for today. I hope you find this Outline Sampler helpful.

 

Like last week’s post, this is a re-post. If you like my free printable worksheets, game ideas, and educational videos, please show your appreciation by liking, tweeting, and pinning! Thanks!