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Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson

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Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson
Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson
Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson
Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson
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Thankful Writing is a lesson plan for teaching students to write a simple expository paper about the things they are thankful for. You'll find directions for introducing the expository format, leading a brainstorming session, and working with students as they complete Thanksgiving essays. The best part is that they can decorate these essays and share them with their families on Thanksgiving Day!

free writing activities, Thanksgiving, thanksgiving, expository writing, writing, creative writing, writing lessons, Thanksgiving writing, Thanksgiving activities, Thanksgiving lessons, expository writing lessons, writing essays, essay writing lessons, Laura Candler
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2 Weeks

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On  November 27, 2013,  Jennifer M. said:
I love this product. Thanks a million. My students were very successful with their writing. I like the support that you provided for the kids and teacher. I would love to find more products like this. I have many special needs students who need the additional support.
On  November 27, 2013Laura Candler answered:
Thanks so much for leaving feedback. I'm glad you liked it. I'll see if I can come up with something else similar to it.
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On  November 24, 2013,  Buyer said:
Wow -I was just thinking about how to start teaching Expository Writing and came across your WONDERFUL LESSON PLAN while looking for Thanksgiving ideas. Thank you for helping me combine both!!!
On  November 24, 2013Laura Candler answered:
Thanks for the great feedback! I hope I saved you a little time and energy! Unfortunately, you'll have to work hard to complete this whole lesson before Thanksgiving! I guess if you do it without the craft at the end you can get the writing activity completed in a few days. Good luck with it!
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On  November 3, 2013,  Laura R. said:
Thank you for taking the time to help make my life a bit less stressful this week. I have Common Core & district writing proficiency (personal narrative), and have had no time to get my Thankful writing together. I love your templates, but I also open up my Thankful writing to the things they are thankful for that are "no so serious"-----toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, shampoo, soap, socks, etc. The kids love it. Thank you very much for all your hard work.
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This is great for this time of year! Nice introduction activity
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On  October 30, 2013,  Buyer said:
I'm going to put this to use next week. We have three weeks before our Thanksgiving break. This is going to be a great activity to use.
On  October 31, 2013Laura Candler answered:
That is a perfect plan because it really does take several weeks to do this one right.
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On  October 29, 2013,  Buyer said:
Thank you so much for posting this and letting others have access to such an awesome assignment. I can not wait to incorporate it very soon in my classroom.
On  October 31, 2013Laura Candler answered:
Thanks for leaving feedback. It's such a neat lesson for November because the kids are always so proud of the results.
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On  October 20, 2013,  Buyer said:
What a blessing this lesson is to me! It is well-organized and clearly written! Thank you so much!
On  October 31, 2013Laura Candler answered:
Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope it goes well for you!
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Thanks, Rebecca! You are too kind!
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I just did this with my students and it was so great! The layout and pacing is just perfect. Thank you!
On  November 17, 2012Laura Candler answered:
Thanks for the feedback! I love getting feedback from teachers after you have used it with students!
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A very well-organized, helpful lesson. My students struggle with writing. I think this product will help them see success!!
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On  August 28, 2012,  Stephanie M. said:
What a beautiful format!!! I can't wait to use this with my 3rd graders when we get closer to Thanksgiving:) Thank you so much for sharing your hard work:)
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On  November 6, 2011,  Buyer said:
I am thankful for gifted, creative teachers like Laura who give time and effort to make other teachers lives easier with materials which reflect effective practices!
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Thank you for that comment! It was one of the nicest comments I have ever received on a TpT item!
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On  November 7, 2010,  Buyer said:
Have done this lesson with my students two years in a row now. It's great! Easy to understand, for teacher and student. Really helps students understand expository essays, and gives those that need it a template to follow.
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On  November 7, 2010Margaret Whisnant (TpT Seller) said:
Beautifully organized lesson plan for both teacher and student from the clear, detailed teaching suggestions to the structured student worksheets that all but guarantee a successful composition. The take-home folder is a great finishing touch.

Thanks for sharing!
On  November 7, 2010Laura Candler answered:
Thank you Margaret! I think this lesson is powerful because students can share their finished essay with their families on Thanksgiving Day. I've done this for years and I'm happy to share it with others.
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On  January 18, 2014,  Buyer said:
I used this with my 5th grade students before they went on their break for Thanksgiving. This lesson lends itself very well to students of all ability levels. I also had my students create an acrostic poem "Thankful" poem to go along with their writing. Thanks for this great freebie!
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Good stuff, so many things to be thankful for, Thank you for sharing!
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This is a great help in teaching expository essay writing.
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On  November 17, 2013,  Jean F. said:
My kids loved it! I would have liked to have one more choice for the final product - a Thanksgiving themed border so we could use word processing and print on "fancy" paper. I teach middle school special education, and word processing is a big part of our writing curriculum.
On  November 17, 2013Laura Candler answered:
This was a free item and I thought it was pretty comprehensive as a freebie. I could understand a lower rating for thoroughness if it was a product and you paid for it. When I create products I generally add more variations. It's kind of disheartening to see a low rating for thoroughness on a freebie with quite a few pages.
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On  November 18, 2013,  Brandy S. asked:
Hi, I noticed a typo. On the Expository Essay Format page (which is fabulous by the way), under conclusion it says "3 the" instead of "the 3". Other wise, what a fabulous resource, thanks!
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On  November 18, 2013Laura Candler answered:
When did you download your copy? I made that correction a few days ago. Try downloading it again. If you still see the problem, let me know. Email me at contact@lauracandler.com. Thanks!
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Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson
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Thankful Writing: An Expository Writing Lesson