Persuasive Essay Sentence Frames

This day marks the end of a unit of study focused on argument reading and writing. ELA class is not the only place that students produce this type of writing. They have also written arguments or persuasive essays in social studies, science and math classes. To determine student progress in this particular type of writing during sixth grade, they are given an extended period of time to move through the entire writing process. They will have two 90-minute blocks to research a topic, determine the pros and cons, draft, revise, edit and submit a final copy of a multi-paragraph essay.

Hopefully, each student will be engaged by one of the two topics that were chosen for this assessment. Background knowledge may help each person decide to write about a topic related to sports or one about pets. I read aloud each prompt and allow the students a few minutes to consider them and make a choice. It is interesting to note that the class is divided half and half between each!

The two articles that accompany the sports prompt are here and here. And the two articles that accompany the pets prompt are here and here.

ELL Writing Resources

This is a skeleton essay I created with sentence starters and transitions you can provide to your students to assist them with writing an argumentative essay. 
This is a chart I created that was inspired by Gretchen Bernabei's Ba-Da-Bing writing strategy to assist students with adding detail to sentences.
These Blueprint For Exceptional Writing graphic organizers can be used to assist students with organizing their writing for informational and expository texts. 
These Blueprint For Exceptional Writing graphic organizers can be used to assist students with organizing their writing for narrative texts. 
​This is resource I created to assist my EL students with writing book reviews. I have provided paragraph frames and vocabulary banks to scaffold the writing process for students. 
This chart explains how to use the Expanding Expression Tool with students to improve the quality of their writing. 
This document could be printed and folded in half to create a student bookmark. 
Gretchen Bernabi has some fantastic writing resources on her site that are really useful for language learners. 
This graphic organizer, created by Super Teacher Worksheets.Com, compares writing a good paragraph to building a delicious hamburger. It encourages students to begin with a strong topic sentence and end with a closing sentences and leaves space to add lots of details in the middle. 
This is a great resource of models essays for most types of writing that are taught at the middle school and high school level. 
This is an excellent collection of graphic organizers and paragraph frames that can be used to scaffold writing for English learners. 
This is a useful set of paragraph frames that can be used to scaffold writing for secondary students for the following text structures: descriptive, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and problem/solution. 
These sentence starters, adapted from 7 Steps to a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom by John Seidlitz and Bill Perryman, are organized by the different levels of thinking you can use to scaffold writing for ELL students in your classroom. 
This resource, created by Marcie Wolfe, provides a variety of sentence starters for students to use when responding to readings.
This is great resource, created by the Eastern Institute of Technology, provides sentence starters and frames students can use for academic writing. 
These are free posters you can print out and hang in your classroom that provides signal words for compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, sequencing, and descriptive writing. 
This is a great resource for students to use when writing a written response to a novel. 
This Blueprint For Exceptional Writing graphic organizer can be used to help students expand their vocabulary by developing analogies and finding creative imagery words related to a central theme or topic. 
This Blueprint For Exceptional Writing graphic organizer can be used to help students generate paper topic ideas around a central theme. 
This is a great resource created by Scholastic for introductory essay writing. It has model essays and graphic organizers with sentence frames for the following genres of writing: narrative, descriptive, summaries, how-to-writing, persuasive, compare/contrast, cause & effect, and problem/solution. 
These are 89 different visual writing prompts created by Gretchen Bernabei.
This is an extensive collection of words students can use to describe what they are reading. 

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