Writing a Literary Essay BUNDLE

July 19, 2020 No Comments



Opinion writing is essential for students in the upper elementary and middle grades. Writing about reading is a great place to start! This resource uses mentor texts that are not included, but can easily be found on the internet. The bundle is loosely based on the work of Lucy Calkins, but is my unique take on it. After teaching this unit for several years, I found that my students needed a lot of support and feedback throughout the process in order to be successful.

In January of 2020, I updated this product to include Google drive slide shows for composing paragraphs and electronic exit tickets. You can now assign this work in Google classroom. Before that, in March of 2019, I updated this product to include some editable pages, additional checklists, printable exit tickets, and more! All presentations are now in Powerpoint, so you can add or delete pages to suit your needs, and in PDF. Thank you for all of the feedback. It has helped me improve this product. Enjoy!

Included in this bundle are:

* 10 scaffolded powerpoint lessons with objectives, learning targets, and exit tickets

* 3 original exemplars

* 3 mini rubrics

* 2 revision and editing checklists.

* Printable exit tickets

* Links to Google drive resources


Currently, I teach fifth grade and have taught fifth grade since 2011. Before teaching fifth grade, I taught third grade, first grade, kindergarten, preschool, baby and toddler music, college, and graduate school. I am a mom of two daughters, a Maltese dog, and a tuxedo cat.

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The letters of my first name inspired the name of this blog and the names of my other business ventures, so when you think of me, just remember AM4Y. I started my teaching journey in 1987 and have taught every age from babies to fifth grade as well as college and graduate school in Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Virginia. I have a B.A. in English and Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an M.A.T. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Memphis. In addition, I have completed more graduate work at The University of Maryland and The University of Colorado, Denver. I am a mom of two young adult daughters and a cute Maltese dog. When I am not teaching, you can find me traveling, reading, hiking, or cooking. Read More

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