During this unit, it is important to provide students with the opportunity to write in as many mediums as possible. Therefore, at the beginning of each lesson, students will be asked to keep a journal, in response to some relic that I bring to class. It is my hope that the students will be inspired by the variety of media that I make available to them. I also hope to introduce them to a variety of journal writing techniques.
In addition to journal writing, I will also review the five-paragraph essay. Although students may be somewhat familiar with this model, I will be focusing, in- depth, on the various elements of the essay: audience, voice, thesis statement, introduction, topic sentences, transitions and conclusion. Students should have a solid understanding of all of these elements so that they may apply these elements to their future essays. I will also introduce different essay genres: narrative, expository, argumentative and persuasive. Once they know the purpose behind
each genre, they will be able to use these genres effectively in their upcoming essays. To demonstrate their understanding, students will write a five-paragraph, persuasive essay. By doing so, students will be able to demonstrate their ability to write effectively, for a specific audience.