These free ELA activities are a perfect way to reinforce reading and writing skills. They are the most downloaded favorite free resources in my store. Download them and use them in your classroom today!
#1 Favorite Free ELA Activities: RACE Strategy Freebies
By far, my most popular free ELA activities are my RACE strategy resources. The RACE Writing strategy is an easy and highly effective framework for teaching students to cite the text in a written response.
You can get a more detailed description of the RACE strategy and how to use it here.
Each of these activities include a short reading passage and a writing prompt. Students will write their responses below the passage, using a helpful checklist as they write. I have freebies for various grades, including:
#2 Favorite Free Resource: Text Structure
If you have been teaching informational text structure, this worksheet is a quick and efficient check for understanding.
It can also be used as a pre-assessment or a homework assignment. This activity includes one example from each of the six most commonly taught informational text structures, so students get to see examples of each type in action.
It also includes a ready-to-use, self checking digital version. Get it for free here!
#3 Favorite Free Resource: Vocabulary Context Clues
English teachers often complain that students can’t define words in context. This free resource is a good way to practice context clues.
Students will see examples of different clues, like contrast clues, synonym clues, and more.
There are several levels for this freebie available, including:
#4 Favorite Free ELA Activities: Argumentative Essay Writing
This free graphic organizer freebie is no-prep and ready to use in print or digitally. Help you students feel confident about taking on a five paragraph persuasive/argumentative essay with this resource.
It’s the perfect way to teach the prewriting phase of the writing process, and can be a helpful scaffold throughout drafting as well.
#5 Favorite Freebie: Paired Passages
This free introduction to teaching paired passages is ready to print and use.
Students will read two short passages, a question, and a sample response. They will then read an exemplar response that successfully cites the two passages.
Since paired passages are common on standardized tests, this is a great resource to help your students feel confident.
Teachers like you have been loving these free ELA activities. Give them a try today! If you enjoy using them with your students, please leave me a review on Teachers Pay Teachers. I appreciate your support!
Want paperless ELA resources? Check out this blog post with free digital ELA resources here!
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