Writing Toolbox for Teachers


  • Grammar Bytes - Chomp Chomp

    Grammar and usage website with interactive PPTs, videos, handouts, interactive exercises, etc. and great test prep.

    Subject-Verb Agreement

    Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

    Adjective/Adverb Usage

    Verb Usage

    Parallel Structure

    Run-ons, Comma Spices, Fused Sentences



  • NEW Writing Rubrics - Revised May 2017


  • Samples of CC Informative, Argumentative, and Narrative Student Writing at Various Grade Levels

    These are writing samples that have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards for particular types of writing—argument, informative/explanatory text, and narrative—in a given grade. Each of the samples exhibits at least the level of quality required to meet the writing standards for that grade.


  • Thesis Statements - CC Writing 1

    Video clip on writing thesis statements using a complex sentence format (approx. 13 mins.)


  • Argument Resources

    This site contains the following sections: defining an argument; planning an argument; writing refutation paragraphs; delineating how to argue to ethos, logos, and pathos; PLUS many sample argument essays.


  • Writing a Counterargument Paragraph

    This video walks students through the process of thinking about and developing a counterargument using a very simple analogy. (Approx. 9 mins.)


  • Writing a Counterclaim Paragraph

    This video clip shows how to develop the counterclaim with a five-sentence paragraph that contains the following components: topic sentence, rebuttal, evidence, elaboration on how evidence weakens the opponent's claim, and closing sentence. (Approx. 9 mins.)


  • Building Body Paragraphs for Argument Essays

    This video clip explains how to organize an argument essay around three reasons, with each reason having at least two pieces of evidence as support. The teacher in the video shares a colorful graphic organizer that lays out the essay's format. In addition, he models the writing of a body paragraph that includes introducing the evidence, presenting the evidence, and explaining how the evidence ties back to the reason/topic sentence. (Approx. 9 mins.)


  • Modeling the Revising Process

    The teacher in this video clip begins by differentiating between revising and editing and then actually models revising an essay. (Approx. 16 mins.)


  • Revising an Essay

    This video clip explains a three-step process for revising an essay: big picture, paragraphs, and sentences. (Approx. 3 mins.)


  • Writing a Conclusion Paragraph

    This video clip provides 6 methods for writing a conclusion with complex, detailed examples given for each method discussed. The methods presented are the following: restate thesis and main points, discuss results/forecast consequences, place topic in a broader context, call for action, incorporate a quotation, and offer a telling statistic. (Approx. 10 mins.)


  • Writing Conclusions

    This video clip provides a three-step process for writing a conclusion paragraph, using "So What" as part of the process. Some examples are provided orally. (Approx. 3 1/2 mins.)


  • Schmoop's Writing a Killer Conclusion

    This video clip provides instruction on writing the conclusion to an essay. It specifically mentions argument; however, it could be used with any type of essay. Several thought-provoking questions are presented as methods for concluding an essay. (Approx. 5 mins.)


  • Writing a Conclusion Paragraph

    This video clip explains how to create and models writing a conclusion paragraph using a reverse of the introductory paragraph method. It specifically highlights the importance of connecting the ideas used in the introduction to ideas used in the conclusion. (Approx. 3 1/4 mins.)


  • Expository Writing Song

    Short song to introduce expository writing (approx. 1 1/2 mins.)


  • Analyzing an Expository Prompt

    This video clip walks a student through reading and analyzing the parts of an expository prompt: general information, brainstorming, exactly what to write about. It also includes modeling the writing of an introductory paragraph. It contains several good tips for students, especially encouraging the including of words from the prompt in the thesis statement. (14 1/2 minutes long)


  • How to Develop a Body Paragraph

    This video clip explains the process of creating a body paragraph with evidence and elaboration using the following components: Topic sentence, 3 FRED's(Facts/Reasons/Examples/Details), 3 say-more's, and a so what(wrap up) (approx. 4 1/2 mins.)


  • Modeling Introductory Paragraph for an Expository Essay

    Teacher models writing an introductory paragraph for an expository essay, including hook, mapping context, and thesis statement (6 mins.)