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If you are looking for a fun, new way to teach your students the basics of an essay, then THE GREAT ESSAY WRITING ESCAPE is for you! There are six essay-themed (trivia) challenges included in this file. Students will complete a variety of tasks using problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Complete one OR complete them all! Mix- and-match the challenges; each puzzle is independent of the others. As the teacher, you can decide which puzzles you may want to use and in which order they will be completed. The challenges could be used as an individual or pair activity, but small groups are ideal. Several detailed and thorough teacher instruction pages have been included, which provide differentiated instructions and suggestions for the various challenges. Each activity has been designed to take approximately 20-30 mins (a few may take a bit more time, depending on the level of your students).
This activity would be appropriate for:
• Elementary students who need essay writing experience
• Middle school students who need essay writing guidance
• High school students who need essay writing practice
Note: Aside from the materials that you would already have in your classroom (pencils, pens, scissors and colored pencils or crayons), no additional supplies are needed! These escape room-style games were created as a print-and-go resource. Answer keys have also been provided for ALL of the challenges!
Your teacher is about to assign you ANOTHER essay this term! But, before you get too upset about it, you have a chance to “escape” this assignment. Your teacher wants to ensure that you understand the basics of an essay. If you successfully complete the challenge and prove that you understand the essay, you are home free!
Challenge #1: Types of Essays
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will have to sharpen your pencil (and eyes!) and pay attention to the letters within the maze and word search to identify the different types of essays.
Challenge #2: Parts of an Essay
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will have to work together to decode the essay-related words and phrases in three separate parts of an essay cryptogram activities. Then, you will attempt to unscramble all of the shaded letter boxes from the answers, which will provide you with the answers to the four code words.
Challenge #3: Essay Trivia
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will answer a bunch of essay-related trivia questions, then color the images according to the directions on the task cards.
Challenge #4: 5 Paragraph Essay
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will race to find hidden task cards, which will help you to decipher the wacky font in the essay.
Challenge #5: Thesis Statements
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will have to unscramble the thesis statement facts, then write out the sentence in full with the unscrambled words.
BONUS Challenge #6: Essay Terminology
In order to successfully complete this challenge, you will have to work together to complete three separate picture puzzles. Each puzzle will have a series of letters related to essay-terms, which you will have unscramble upon completion of the puzzle. When all of the puzzles are together and the terms are correct, you will have to locate the definition for that word, as well as determine how your teacher may ask you to use this term in an essay.
*Upon completion of the challenges, one themed ("The Great Essay Writing Escape") editable certificate has been included, so you can easily type in a name and date and give each student who participated something for their efforts! In addition, a post-challenge reflection has also been included!*
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