Essay Writing Fundamentals Bundle

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COMMON CORE ALIGNED WRITING UNIT: This writing bundle focuses on developing student skills in essay writing. Each lesson provides systematic, facilitated writing exercises that address each element of essay writing: analyzing a prompt, writing thesis statements on topic and on task, writing introduction paragraphs, writing body paragraphs, writing conclusion paragraphs, and developing tone and mood within writing. Unique acronyms and high quality posters help students remember how to approach each part of an essay. Each lesson includes PPT lectures, student notes, guided practice, and individual practice. To learn more about the unit, look at the detailed descriptions below.

Includes Essay Fundamentals Poster set

Lesson #1 Prompt to Thesis

COMMON CORE ALIGNED LESSON PLAN: This lesson provides a guided practice writing process, taking students in a step by step process to draft thesis statement that is focused, on topic, and on task. PPT lecture is integrated with scaffold exercises, walk the students through a method of rhetorically analyzing the prompt to determine the subject, occasion, and writing purpose found in the prompt. Then students use this analysis to write their own thesis statement that directly addresses the subject and writing task presented by the prompt

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Included with this lesson
1. TEACHER GUIDE: Full lesson plan
2. PPT LECTURE: ppt slides that coincide with student handouts (47slides)
3. STUDENT NOTES AND HANDOUTS (6 pages)
4. GUIDED STUDENT EXERCISES
5. Essay writing posters

Lesson Plan:
CCSS:
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
1. How does is the rhetorical situation represented in a writing prompt?
2. What is the topic and task within a prompt?
3. What are the elements of a thesis statement?
4. How to write a thesis that is on topic and on task?
ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES (All Students Will Be Able To):
1. Analyze a prompt to identify the topic and task within the writing task.
2. Write thesis statements that are on topic and on task.
DIRECT INSTRUCTION AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES:
 Use PPT to facilitate lecture and student activities
 Students review notes on the Rhetorical Situation
 Students identify the “task” verbs within a prompt
 Students identify the subject/topic within a prompt
 Students take notes on video discussing the elements within a prompt
Thesis Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzuAMVmIZ8
 Teacher demonstrates thesis statements on topic on task
 Students construct thesis statements that are on topic and on task
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
1. Students complete thesis worksheet

Lesson #2 Introduction Paragraphs

The introduction paragraph is "ACT ONE" of a student's paper and needs to by dynamic, engaging, and build toward a strong thesis. Using the "A.C.T." acronym (Attention Grabber, Context, Thesis), this lesson provides a guided practice writing process, taking students through a step by step system to draft an introduction paragraph. Students begin by analyzing the rhetorical situation outlined within the prompt, and construct thesis a statement that is on topic and on task. Using this thesis as the basis of the paragraph, students participate in guided exercises to develop context for the audience and engaging attention grabbers. Finally using graphic organizers, students put all the pieces together to complete their "ACT ONE" introductions.

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Included with this lesson
1. TEACHER GUIDE: Full lesson plan
2. PPT LECTURE: ppt slides that coincide with student handouts
3. STUDENT NOTES AND HANDOUTS
4. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
5. ANSWER SHEET:
6. PEER REVIEW EXERCISE

Direct Instruction
Use the PPT and student note sheet to facilitate a lecture on the definition of rhetoric and the elements of the rhetorical situation. Use the background information from the active listening exercises to further discuss the interconnectedness of the Rhetorical Situation and it’s application when writing a thesis statement for a paper.
Use the PPT and student notes to facilitate a lecture on the elements and strategies to write introduction paragraphs.

Guided Practice
Use the comics and short texts to provide guided practice on analyzing the rhetorical situation. Facilitate discussion connected to students’ responses, and provide personal insights to ensure correct understanding and for clarification. Use the writing exercises to facilitate student practice on the A.C.T. format for introduction paragraphs

Independent Practice
Have students complete the analyzing a prompt and introduction writing exercises.
1. Divide students into groups of 4-6 to discuss their work.
2. Use the completed worksheets to develop classroom facilitated discussion

Lesson #3 Body Paragraphs

If the introduction paragraph is the "compass" that provides the orientation, direction, and purpose of your essay; then the body paragraphs are the map that shows you how to get there. This lesson takes students through a guided lecture and exercises that instruct them how to use PEEL (Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link) to and transitions to construct a body paragraph. The lesson includes student notes that integrate with guided exercises and independant practice.

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Included with this lesson
1. TEACHER GUIDE: Full lesson plan
2. PPT LECTURE: ppt slides that coincide with student handouts
3. STUDENT NOTES AND HANDOUTS
4. Guided Practice
5. Independant Practice
6. PEER REVIEW EXERCISE

Direct Instruction
Use the PPT and student notes to facilitate a lecture on the elements and strategies to write introduction paragraphs.

Guided Practice Use the comics and short texts to provide guided practice on how to construct and connect the different elements of a PEEL body paragraph. Facilitate discussion connected to students’ responses, and provide personal insights to ensure correct understanding and for clarification. Use the writing exercises to facilitate student practice on the PEEL format for body paragraphs

Independent Practice Have students complete the body paragraph exercises
1. Divide students into groups of 4-6 to discuss their work.
2. Use the completed worksheets to develop classroom facilitated discussion

Lesson #4 Conclusion Paragraphs

The conclusion paragraph is often overlooked and rushed, but a good conclusion is necessary to make you essay valuable to the reader. Using the "R.I.P." acronym (Restatement, Importance, Present Recommendations), this lesson provides a guided practice writing process, taking students through a step by step system to draft the conclusion paragraph. Using PPT direct lecture and guided exercises, students will master how to construct great conclusions that leave the reader challenged ready to act.

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Included with this lesson
1. TEACHER GUIDE: Full lesson plan
2. PPT LECTURE: ppt slides that coincide with student handouts
3. STUDENT NOTES AND HANDOUTS
4. GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
5. PEER REVIEW EXERCISE

Direct Instruction
Use the PPT and student notes to facilitate a lecture on the elements and strategies to write RIP conclusion paragraphs.

Guided Practice
Use integrated exercises to guide students in developing each element of an RIP conclusion. Facilitate discussion connected to students’ responses, and provide personal insights to ensure correct understanding and for clarification.

Independent Practice
Have students complete a draft of a conclusion and use the peer review sheet to analyze each conclusion.
1. Divide students into groups of 4-6 to discuss their work.
2. Use the completed worksheets to develop classroom facilitated discussion

Lesson #5 Developing Tone and Mood

Developing purposeful tone and mood within writing is a necessary skill for proficient writing and creating your own "voice". To learn this skill, understanding the basics of an author's use of diction (denotation vs connotation), imagery, figurative language, and syntax; within a text is essential. This multi-faceted lesson plan integrates listening skills, reading strategies, and writing skills, as students analyze each of these elements to determine the tone an mood of a variety of texts and work to develop voice and tone within their own writing.

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INCLUDED WITH THIS PACKET
CCSS Alignment
Videos and Active Listening Exercises/Worksheets
PPT tools authors use to develop tone and mood
Tone and Mood Student’s Notes
Guided Practice Worksheets
Independent Practice Worksheets
Independent Tone and Mood Exercises


Active Listening Exercises
Use the video link and corresponding worksheet to facilitate the active listening exercise
“Denotation and Connotation” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mW2VTUOSWs
After completing the worksheet, facilitate a guided discussion of the students’ findings.

Direct Instruction
Use the background information from the active listening exercises along side the PPT and student note sheet to facilitate a lecture on the essential terms necessary to understand and analyze tone within a text..

Guided Practice
Use the integrated exercises within the note sheet to provide guided practice on analyzing diction, imagery, fig. language, and syntax to identify the tone and mood of a text.. Use writing exercises to practice developing tone and mood. Facilitate discussion connected to students’ responses, and provide personal insights to ensure correct understanding and for clarification

Independent Practice
Have students complete the close reading worksheet that guides them through the systematic process of analyzing tone with General MacArthur’s speech. (in class or as homework). Use writing prompts to practice developing tone within writing.

1. Divide students into groups of 4-6 to discuss their answers. Have each group lead a discussion on each of the different questions
2. Use the completed worksheets to develop classroom facilitated discussion

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Key Terms: Thesis, Introduction Paragraph, Body Paragraph, Conclusion Paragraph, Expository Writing, Topic Sentence, Concrete Detail, Commentary
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