Basic Essay Format is the first in a series of essays that can be used in relation to literature, student read texts or in response to a teacher generated prompt. Essays that follow in sequence are the Book Summary, Book Evaluation, Compare and Contrast, Author's Theme Project and How to Write a Research Paper. Teachers can use these to progressively build writing sophistication at any level. Also, anyone buying all items posted here by Dennis Kafalas can request a free copy of his book, "Inspir
The Thinking, Planning, Writing Preparation Sheet and Organizer is designed so middle and high school students can create a basic three paragraph essay or lab report in any content area. The directions and graphic organizer ask the student to rewrite the question, brainstorm what they know about a possible answer, develop a thesis and then transfer those notes into a rough draft of either a short essay or lab report. With minimal effort, the teacher can have students work independently and learn
The Book Summary essay builds on the basic essay format and is the second essay in a series. The focus is on summarizing text and then providing citations that support one's thesis. It is adaptable to any type of content area text.
The Literature Circle Rubric is a peer-scored worksheet used for independent reading assignments in place of a traditional test or essay. Used by small groups, it requires students to retell convincingly was what read to classmates, who then provide a brief rationale for the score they award. The rubric is easy to use and requires students to retell, summarize and write short responses.
The Book Evaluation Essay is the third essay in a sequence that allows teachers to build
writing sophistication. The essay draws attention to the craft of writing fiction by introducing "Standards to Evaluate Fiction" from William Appel's, THE TRUTH ABOUT FICTION (WRITING), an added bonus since students evaluate the basic elements of story structure.