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Writing: Essays

These sites focus on writing descriptive essays for Junior High and High School students. There are lesson plan and activity ideas, possible essay topics, advice for improving writing skills, tips for avoiding cliches, and many examples of descriptive writing. Several interactive activities provide resources to map out an essay. Includes links to eThemes resources on research papers, persuasive writing, and 6+1 writing traits.


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Students can use this interactive map to prepare writing essays. Additional writing activities are provided.
This exercise provides instructions for students in writing successful argumentative or persuasive essays. Student hand-outs and interactive writing tools are provided.
This exercise instructs students in writing various types of essays such as expository writing and persuasive writing.
This is a series of guides to different types of essays, including preparation tips, research advice, features of the different essay types, and examples of student writing. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
Descriptive writing should contain enough detail to help the reader form a mental image of the subject. This page describes several things to consider as you write your descriptive essay and illustrates them with examples.
Read through this list of possible writing topics organized by grade level. NOTE: This site includes a submissions page.
An online resource for English teachers, this site offers an index of lesson plan and activity ideas on descriptive writing. NOTE: This site contains ads, a discussion forum, and links to sites with ads and message boards.
This site offers advice from a professional writer on how to write descriptively. There are also samples of other kids' writing, organized by age. NOTE: There is a submissions page where students can submit their own written work.
This guide outlines all of the skill necessary for good writing. It includes tips for writing different kinds of essays, advice on other types of papers, how to write a bibliography or citation, and sample papers.
This online tutorial from the UK follows a student named Becky as she goes through the steps of writing a long essay.
This online handbook covers all of the major components of writing, from research essays to sentence mechanics. There is a glossary of literary terms and an explanation of common marking symbols. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
The questions on this printable worksheet are intended to help students organize their thoughts before they start writing their essays.
These sites focus on the steps involved in writing a research paper. Learn how to brainstorm a topic, organize information, use transition words, and write bibliographies. There are tips and handouts on how to evaluate online sources, plus links to child-safe search engines. Includes links to eThemes Resources on online resources and graphic organizers.
These sites focus on persuasive and argumentative writing for middle and high school students. Learn about the persuasive techniques used in letters, essays, and advertisements. There are suggested hands-on activities, graphic organizers, writing prompts, and assessment sheets. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on debate.
The 6 + 1 Writing Traits Model gives students and teachers a common language for talking about writing. The following sites have definitions, descriptions, rubrics, and exercises to help students become familiar with the characteristics of good writing. There are many interactive features so students can practice their own writing and learn how to evaluate effectively. There are video clips, prompts, activates, and examples of writing at different levels of accomplishment, as well as eThemes Resources on grammar, narrative, and text structure.

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