New! 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.
Students define the concept of the global community. They analyze characteristics of global communities using Stark's three categories: communication, economy, and culture/community. They write a five-paragraph essay which includes an introduction, conclusion, and three content paragraphs. They give one example of each of Stark's categories.
Summarizing and Synthesizing: Planning for Writing an Apprentice Wanted Ad
In lesson plan 13 of this unit on colonial trade, young researchers learn about apprentices as they prepare to write help-wanted ads for the specific trade they have been researching. To begin, the class listens closely as the teacher reads aloud an informational text on apprentices while working in small groups to take notes on the information they hear. Using their notes, learners then write a summary paragraph about apprentices in colonial times. Finally, pupils participate in guided practice where the teacher models how to fill in a graphic organizer that helps plan out the help-wanted ad they will be writing in the next lesson plan. A great resource that uses the concept of apprenticeship to engage young scholars as they learn how to use their research in creating a piece of expository writing.
Planning Writing: Bullfrog Information Paragraph
Lesson ten in this unit for the book Bullfrogs at Magnolia Circle, prepares third graders to begin writing an informational paragraph about the adaptations of bullfrogs. First, young writers work either independently or in pairs to gather their research from previous lessons into a graphic organizer. Then, using that research, they fill in an accordion-style graphic organizer with the the details and explanations they plan on using in their paragraph. Easily adaptable to expository writing on any topic, this is a great lesson for teaching children how to plan and organize their writing.
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.
Expository Essay: State Trip
Fifth graders research the Internet for information about a place of interest in their home state (Alabama). They write a five paragraph essay about this place in which they include maps, directions, and an explanation of the activities and events that are experience there. They combine their writing into a class state tour booklet.
What I want for Christmas in Five Paragraphs
Explore persuasive writing during the Christmas season! Young writers generate a class list of reasons why their family members should give them certain Christmas gifts. They write a related five-paragraph persuasive piece following explicit guided writing instruction. Will their power of persuasion win over their potential gift giver?
A Formal Analysis of Science Fiction
Students write a five paragraph expository theme. They explain in their theme how the story they read qualifies as science fiction. Students write using all the conventions of English correctly.
Students write a five paragraph theme that explains how the novel which they read in this unit effectively utilized various literary elements to portray the impact of a disease on a population. They then decide which three literary elements to write about because these best explored the impact of the disease on the time and culture examined in his or her book.
Expository Writing: The Five Paragraph Essay Lesson Plan 1 (of 2)
Young scholars identify the structure of a five paragraph essay. They use organizational strategies such as graphic organizers for writing. In addition, they read and analyze writing using highlighters.
Expository Writing: What kind of friend do you prefer?
Third graders write a five-paragraph expository essay on what kind of friends they like to have. They organize their thoughts using a Think-Sheet graphic organizer, write the five-paragraph essay, edit their essay with a partner, and read their paragraph aloud to the class.
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