Essay lesson plans middle school

Synopsis: Over the course of one month, students explore the life, times, and legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey in 1923. They assess his actions and develop the ability to evaluate the impact and leadership styles of important historical figures. The project begins with an exploration of the idea of “leadership”, and focuses students on five characteristics that are common to most effective leaders. Groups of students then engage in an in-depth research project about Ataturk, and finish the unit by creating a videotaped interview of Ataturk (who is played by one of the students) using historically accurate scripts and costumes.


Sharpen students' ability to express their ideas with persuasive writing activities.


Help students focus on key writing skills with these interactive and printable exercises developed with examples from student writing and classic literature.

Student Author
Brian White, 15
  Provide an authentic model of essay revision and powerful writing with an interactive lesson featuring an excerpt from Brian’s award-winning essay, "The Answer to Stress."
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Get the lesson plan   Extend on this Master Class by studying persuasive writing in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
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Middle school teachers : read "Anatomy of an Essay: Outlining for Strength," a guest teacher lesson by Philip Clark.

High school teachers : read these step-by-step lesson plans to help you guide your students through poetry writing process.
• Brainstorm • Draft • Review • Revise • Polish  
• Publish student writing online • Help students to exchange feedback with their peers • See a showcase of student work • Find information on Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards

Essay lesson plans middle school

essay lesson plans middle school

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