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This is an excellent resource to begin your next essay writing venture! Your young writers will not only learn to identify the key parts of a thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting details, and elaboration, but most importantly, will gain an understanding of how these different parts form a cohesive argumentative essay. This would work well for a flipped classroom or to work through together as a whole class. You could also assign this video as a homework assignment and assess your pupils the following day by asking them to read through and identify the main parts of another essay.
Four steps to writing an essay are included in this video: heading, introduction, paragraphs, and conclusion. The steps have tips to writing each section. You can use this video as an introduction to your next essay-writing lesson.
Given the two-sentence skeleton of a news story about a car theft/joy ride, budding writers create their own version of the story varying diction and sentence structure to heighten interest and complexity in their writing. Resource provides strong and plentiful supports, many reproducible, to scaffold the work. Your nascent journalists practice combining, rewriting, and expanding sentences for complexity, voice, and accuracy.
Students examine North Dakota and its history. For this state lesson, students research Thomas Jefferson, the Corps of Discovery, the Badlands, The Peace Gardens, and many other geographical features and famous persons. Students use information gathered to create a web.
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling, illustrations, and literature response to complete daily expectations.
Young scholars create questions for a grammar based version of a Jeopardy quiz game. The teacher assesses student questions and decides which questions should be used in the game. Individuals compete using proper grammar, phonics, and writing skills to earn points.
Build class community, allow time for in-depth reflection and research, and facilitate the learning and writing process of your class with online discussion boards! This resource delves into the benefits and purposes of discussion boards, as well as ways to teach netiquette and strategies to facilitate online discussions.
Students identify and use transition words in a persuasive essay. In this transition word lesson plan, students use Visual Thesaurus to identify transition words, then practice using the words. Students read a newspaper editorial, identify the transition words, then reread the article without the transition words to analyze how transition words impact readability.
For any teacher leading a unit on agriculture, this would be a valuable lesson. Learners compose an essay on the topic, "Agriculture Counts." The discussion that occurs in-class before any writing begins really does show the many, many ways that agriculture touches our lives in the things we eat, wear, use for recreation... the list goes on. Terrific instructions for how to construct the essay are embedded in this impressive plan.
Students understand the structure and types of essays. In this essay writing lesson plan, students create a graphic organizer to gather ideas for their writing. Students develop the point of their essay and write a thesis statement. Students complete a summary including details.
In this essay writing worksheet, 11th graders read information on how to write an essay. Drafting, paragraph structure, persuasive writing, topic sentences, essay planning, and revising, are topics covered in the worksheet. Students answer about thirty questions related to these different areas.
Here is a comprehensive stereochemistry exam for advanced chemistry kids. In the 101 problems, there are short answer, multiple choice, and drawing questions. Topics include chiral and achiral molecules, enantiomers and diastereomers, asymmetric carbons, meso compounds, and more! Hopefully it contains everything that you would want to assess.
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, represent action, 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.
As a writer, if you have a weak introductory paragraph or thesis statement, you might lose your audience! Have your middle and high schoolers practice writing introductory paragraphs that include clear thesis statements in response to document based questions. Use this lesson to work on writing essays for document-based question, as well as to reinforce the concept of a strong thesis statement and introductory claim.
At 32 slides, one would think this presentation on thesis statements is a bit too long, but it is the most important component of a well-written essay! Help your developing writers craft concise, interesting theses with this PowerPoint. Some common mistakes are introduced (using the first person, unclear language, stating a fact, etc.), and your class has to brainstorm how to fix it. Several slides of practice are included to ensure your kids walk away with a better sense of how to write an effective thesis statement.
Editors discover how to use highlighters and sticky notes in the revision process and complete the process by conducting a self-assessment. Although this resource focuses on peer preview, the suggestions for teacher response are particularly valuable.
Are you a first year AP Spanish teacher? Will you be teaching literature this year? Read this article for some professional development; what can you do to ensure your Spanish learners build their skills and master Spanish literature?
Teachers can involve their students in activities that expose them to a variety of essay styles.
Students use information from a variety of media to evaluate different artists' views on the human relationship to nature. From these sources, class discussion, and personal experience, students will synthesize a thoughtful, well-supported essay.
Elementary and middle schoolers write a five paragraph essay about themselves. They bring in items which represent something about their personalities and lives, and organize their ideas onto a graphic organizer. They use their pre-writing to aid them in composing an expository or informational paper about the person they know best.