When your students are writing an essay, do they struggle with supporting their evidence with strong, concrete elaboration? I was tired of reading essays where my students would repeat the evidence in different words, or barely give a phrase as "support". This practice activity has two parts.
Part I: Students read 6 different elaboration statements and decide if they are "rocks" (small pointless) elaboration statements, or "concrete" (strong, specific) elaboration statements.
Part II: Students are provided with sentence strips, there are multiple correct sentences, but there are also sentences that are not supportive or do not make sense. Students have to organize the sentence strips into a complete, supportive paragraph. They will have unused sentence strips.