Here are some handouts I devised in order to teach middle school kids how to write well. Perhaps they'll work for you too. How to write a five paragraph essay tells how to write a five paragraph essay. How to write a book report tells how to write a book report. Grading standards are the criteria I use to grade papers. The sentence machine is like a grammar flowchart. If you're a programmer who frequently confuses your predicate nominatives with your direct objects, then this machine is for you. If you are an unruly troublemaker, then the class rules are for you.