This 6-8th grade Informative/Explanatory Cause/Effect essay asks students to pick a topic they are studying in any one of their classes that has a distinct cause and effect that they could discuss and write about. It is student and teacher evaluated and includes the following informational requirements to be graded:
1. Introduction - clearly states topic and organizes reasons and evidence for cause/effect of the topic
2. Body - elaborates on the cause/effect topic using facts definitions and details. Uses appropriate transitions to clarify the relationship of ideas and concepts
3. Conclusion - provides a concluding statement that follows the information presented
5. Vocabulary - uses precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform or explain topic
6. Essay clearly and coherently written and formatted as specified by the teacher
7. Editing - using the writing process to include planning, drafting, revising, peer editing, and rewriting as required by the teacher
8. Conventions - Thought was put into conventions
The lesson is designed so the teacher/student can pick the topic according to what is being taught. The lesson can be applied to many topics and used again and again.
This lesson is CC aligned for those teachers that need an alignment. If you don't, then please disregard the alignment and have fun teaching writing.
The scoring rubric should be presented to the students at the beginning of the lesson so students know what the expectations are, and that it will be self-graded before they turn it into the teacher for the final evaluation.
The scoring rubric takes the subjectivity out of grading and makes it even for all of the students. Students are able to decide the grade they would like to make on their paper.
Included in the lesson:
1. The lesson plan including the objectives, parts of the narrative essay, and the steps for writing a narrative essay
2. Deciding on a topic organizer
3. The idea organizer including a sample organizer and a blank one
4. The cause/effect list organizer example and a blank one
5. The paragraph organizer that guides the students through each paragraph with brief examples
6. The student-directed scoring guide
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