Evidence is like Seasoning: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!

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Evidence in a paragraph is like a well-seasoned meal: it’s more exciting, appeals more to the consumer, and fully finishes the meal.

Use this easy simile to teach your students why essays NEED evidence. This handout can be used as a full 45-minute lesson, an activity for a mini-lesson, or a writer’s workshop tool just to differentiate for the students who need it.

This editable handout, applicable to argumentative OR informative essays, was designed as an introduction for students who have not been taught this content before, but it also serves as a great review lesson for older students, or for any learner who just needs to hear something multiple times.

This lesson includes an introduction, a mentor text to see them used in context (an excerpt from an essay), a “spice rack” checklist for what counts as evidence, some words of caution, and then two immediate formative assessment opportunities.

Use this lesson to collect formative data in two ways. First, students write their own paragraphs and identify spots that need text evidence inserted to fully support a point; then, an exit ticket asks students to summarize what they have learned to see what stuck out to them and whether or not they “got it”.

After this essay, you are fully set up to tell students what kinds of evidence are most appropriate for the writing you are currently doing in class and how to properly integrate or cite that evidence for your genre and class expectations.

NOTE: This product is INCLUDED in my Five Paragraph Essay BUNDLE and is also featured in my Essay Mega Bundle! Check them out to save big!

Check out the other lessons in the series!
• FREE: Conclusions are like Dessert
Thesis Statements are like Menus
Introductions are like Free Samples
Body Paragraphs are like Courses
Transitions are like Waiters
Proofreading is like Checking your Teeth

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Evidence is like Seasoning: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Evidence is like Seasoning: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Evidence is like Seasoning: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!
Evidence is like Seasoning: A Writing Lesson for ANY Essay!