Expository Writing: The Five-Paragraph Essay

6th - 9th

Help your middle or high school class generate ideas for writing through class discussions. Next, explore organizational strategies to facilitate planning which help learners create a coherent essay complete with introduction, main points, and conclusion. Finally, they develop a thesis to clearly plan their five-paragraph essays using the philosophy discussed in class.

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Expository Writing: The Five Paragraph Essay Lesson Plan 1 (of 2)

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