A fun, standards-based, holiday-themed activity in which students manipulate parts of an essay to learn how they fit together.
This is a great way to spend the day before Christmas break because it gets students engaged in Common-Core curriculum at a time when all they can think about is going home for the holidays.
I came up with the idea of "blown-up essays" when I was trying to think of a way to get students to learn by discovery how the parts of an essay work together, how a thesis statement relates to the rest of the essay, how the supporting details in a body paragraph should tie in to that paragraph's topic sentence, and how transitions should stick the whole thing together and make it flow in a way that makes sense.
So I decided to take an essay, blow it to pieces, and have the students try to put it back together. In the process, they have to be asking each other questions like, "Is that a topic sentence or the thesis statement?" or "But doesn't this detail fit better in that paragraph?" or "Based on that transition word, does this sentence make more sense here or there?"
Included in this FREE download are the following:
* An introductory PREZI presentation that introduces/review the parts of an essay and how they should work together
* Essay Cut-Ups printable--contains an entire essay separated as individual sentences
* The finished version of the essay that students can check their answers against
If you enjoy this free activity, please check out the other holiday products in my store:
"Holiday Traditions Wikipedia Article"
"Holiday Wordplay - PowerPoint Game Show"
Just a tech note - To run the PREZI intro, you must have an updated FLASH player installed on your computer. You also must "unzip" the compressed file folder before accessing it (easy--you just right-click on the compressed file folder and click on "Extract all.")
Created by Arik Durfee