Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Composition Teacher Resources
Find Composition educational ideas and activities
Fourth and fifth graders try their hand at persuasive writing. They listen to well-written persuasive articles so they can get a sense of what good persuasive writing is. Then, they brainstorm topics they'd like to write about and are given an excellent persuasive writing organizer worksheet which is embedded in the plan. This organizer is top-notch, and will help your charges organize their thoughts and come up with a plan to write a terrific persuasive essay. The lesson should be a hit with your kids because they get to write about something that's very important to them.
Emerging writers observe and demonstrate the process of writing an essay. As a class, they read and discuss the writing steps, read a sample essay, and write an outline for a three-paragraph essay. Then they write a final version of their essay and present it to the class.
Equip your high school writers for the rigors of timed persuasive writing by employing the preparatory ideas available in this exercise. Learners use persuasive essays, provided by the educator, to acquire how to identify persuasive writing, and determine what side they would support in a given argument. They dissect the essays, and place their findings on the provided worksheet. Their responses include when and where each side used logos, pathos, and ethos, and how it contributed to persuasion; essential skills for today's writing curriculum.
The multi-paragraph essay is the subject of a presentation designed for high schoolers. Color codes are used to highlight for viewers the different elements found in each paragraph. Unlike some presentations, the same essay is used throughout to illustrate how the various elements work together to produce a coherent whole. If using the presentation as a review, class members could be asked to critique the essay. Also included are two practice exercises.
Narrative essay writing is the focus of a series of exercises that model for learners how to not only read a narrative, but how to also examine the techniques fiction writers use to create a setting, develop their characters, representaction, and establish a theme. Class members listen to examples from Grapes of Wrath, Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing,” and Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and then respond to question about the selections. Step-by-step directions for the various activities, discussion questions, and a resource list are included in the richly detailed plan.
Second graders investigate common Ohio animals by creating a list of seasonal behaviors. They conduct research fo find changes in appearance and behaviors of common Ohio animals and compare the behaviors during the four seasons by creating a four-sided, three-dimensional model. Each side of the model represents a different season and shows how the animal changes as a result of the seasonal change.
Pupils reflect upon how Transcendentalism focuses on individualism. From their belief that God was within every person to their steadfast belief that every man should make decisions based on personal moral values, individualism was stressed in their lives. Thoreau and Emerson wrote extensively on what it means to be an individual, what it means to conform, and how difficult nonconformity is.
Learners write a paragraph predicting what the book is about after viewing the front cover. They are given a copy of the Story Parts Maps, students are explained each story part. Learners are explained that they most take notes on the Story Parts Map. They are asked to copy in list form the vocabulary words from the book.
Students explore student psychology by completing an essay writing assignment. For this stereotypes lesson, students listen to a lecture based upon the different "types" people in society are classified as. Students define "connectors", "persuaders" and "mavens" which they read about in the book The Tipping Point before writing an essay about stereotypes.