I used this lesson for introducing my students to explanatory writing. This could be easily extended into an explanatory 5-paragraph paper, but I chose to focus on just one paragraph to help students understand about vague thesis statements and how to narrow thesis statements.
I am piloting Standards Based grading for my district this year. Each day, I focus on a different standard with a skill or subskill.
These lessons include many parts: Essential Vocabulary (topic sentence, thesis statement, detail ideas, credible sources, bias, valid, in-text citations, relevance, transitions), Essential Question based on the term, "I can..." statement based on standard (see list of ELA standards), lesson slides (step-by step directions), Exit Slips (self-assessment for students and for you to see where they think they are), rubrics (one for a first draft and one for a final draft), and Homework slide if needed.
My lessons incorporate Thinking Maps and Kagen strategies. If you are not familiar with them, my slides will take you step by step. This unit also contains TPT (Total Participation Technique) cards.
My style of in-text citations isn't complete, but it is an introduction to looking at credible sources and how to find them again.
I am a sixth grade teacher, but the same standards are in seventh and eighth grade.