Basic Five-Paragraph Essay Kit

Basic Five-Paragraph Essay Kit
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If you’ve ever wanted an easy way to teach students how to write a simple five-paragraph essay, this kit is for you!

Students struggle mightily when structuring their arguments, and this package keeps things simple for students of ALL ages. For just $20, you can provide a framework to help students add depth, organization, and victory to any type of expository or analytical writing.

With that in mind, here’s what’s included in this package:

-How to Write a Simple Five Paragraph Essay (PDF). This walks students through the process step-by-step. (In this document, you'll see reference to the term "CEI." At my school a few years back, some literacy coach introduced something called a CEI—which stood for “Claim, Evidence, and Interpret.” First of all, you can tell the model was destined for failure when the person who promoted this didn’t even use parallel structure in naming the “method.” Second, the model encouraged students to throw THREE different MAIN REASONS to support an argument in ONE paragraph. This caused undeveloped writing, disorganization, and lots of state test failures. So, I re-trained students to write CEIs in five paragraphs, with each main reason having its own paragraph.)

-Multi-Paragraph Graphic Organizer (PDF). It’s awesome! (Almost all the SPED teachers in the school started asking for copies of it.)

-Essay Development Station Activity (.doc). This activity is incredibly effective at building better writers. It gives students practice in developing claims, supporting claims with reasons, and explaining evidence as support.
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