These three resources have proven invaluable to numerable teachers attempting to scaffold essay writing, short answer response, and literary analysis for students who struggle in ELA. They are used continuously throughout the term, though many students quickly reach higher levels of writing once they've internalized these basic steps and concepts. The resource includes:
-Writing a Basic Essay Resource: In efficient, student-friendly language, provides six steps to building a basic, five-paragraph essay, detailed explanation of the thesis statement, and a column-based model of essay outlining. Using this resource, students' written organization, focus, flow, and depth of ideas quickly improves because each step is manageable and students are given a tested tool for organizing their ideas.
-Short Answer Response Resource: Provides the three basic steps to building a strong short answer response (SAR)--topic sentence, textual proof, and explanation/analysis--with sentence stems and questions to ask in evaluating writing. SAR steps overlap with steps 3, 4, and 5 of essay writing process, which focus on building body paragraphs. Essentially, steps focus students on high-level analytical thinking and structure, simultaneously contributing to their reading and paragraphing skills.
-Literary Terms Resource: Table of terms, definitions, and examples for 15 of the most essential literary terms tested on high school state standardized tests. Students use resource in all reading activities.