Teaching the essay

Awesome Research and Works Cited Activity / Bingo Game

CCC Research Bingo

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This fun activity will introduce your students to the how-to’s of online research and creating a works cited page (also known as a bibliography). Students use a traditional-style Bingo form to research the answers to interesting trivia questions. They also document their sources. In the second activity, students use their newfound sources to create a sample works cited page.

I use this activity just prior to assigning the research essay.

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A Totally Not Boring Persuasive Writing Unit

CCC Alien Report PINTEREST

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When I first started teaching persuasive writing, I got really bored of the typical persuasive writing topics. The kids hated them; I got bored grading essays. Enter the alien report. This is absolutely my all-time favorite writing unit that I teach with my students. It gets them out of their writing “shell,” cleverly introduces the persuasive writing genre, and, most importantly, lets me find the joy of grading essays again.

This is a complete unit, divided into nine steps:

  1. Brainstorming topic

  2. Subtopic prewriting

  3. Thesis writing

  4. Complete outline

  5. Rough Draft

  6. Peer Editing

  7. Self checklist

  8. Final draft

  9. Grading rubric

This unit is perfect for grades 7-10, and it calls on prior knowledge of the five-paragraph essay and possibly MLA formatting.

This is a print and teach unit — no need to to anything else!