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Evidence is like Seasoning (DISTANCE LEARNING): Lesson for ANY Essay!

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Now includes Google, PDF, *and* Office versions! 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 handout (PDF, Google Slides, and editable PPT files), 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.

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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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Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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