This expository essay writing kit is 25 pages.
- 4 pages of instructions on how to write the essay. It breaks the essay down paragraph by paragraph with examples. Includes the introduction with an attention getting device and thesis statement, body paragraph structure, transitions, conclusion, etc.
- An example essay with and without a dissection of its parts
- An outline graphic organizer with the components labeled
- A blank copy of the graphic organizer (some states allow this on state tests)
- A list of common mistakes and advice
- A handy outline map to briefly remind students of the structure (handy for students with IEPs for additional handouts)
- A list of transition (linking) words for student reference
- A list of 12 expository prompts
- A set of 12 expository prompt cards that can be printed and laminated for student use
- Notes for the teacher with tips on how to use this kit.
I am in Texas and originally created this for my English I students to help prepare them for the expository essay they would have to write on the STAAR English I EOC test. The advice and common mistakes are aimed towards the goal of passing that writing test. However, I have a PhD in Composition and have tried to create this unit to fit best practices for expository essay writing in any situation (whether for a standardized test or a dual credit class or in general).
I did not include a rubric because what you are evaluating can change greatly between standardized test, dual credit courses, or general classroom writing goals. If you are using this to prepare students to write an expository essay on a standardized test go to your state testing website and look for a rubric. Texas STAAR has a rubric and lined writing paper for the English I EOC expository essay.
+More about the writing prompt cards+
The prompt cards allow for practice with various prompts. You can print each prompt on a different color paper (the duplicate of that prompt should be the same color as the original). You can laminate them then have students choose a topic at random to write about. The second time around they merely pick a different color to ensure they get a different topic. Included is a blank set of cards for your own prompts. I suggest looking at released tests and using the expository writing prompts from those tests.
Check out my other writing products:
Writing Bundle with this product plus the ones listed below (70 pages)
- PEEL Essay Kit Graphic Organizer Outline (12 pages)
- STAAR English II EOC Persuasive Essay Outline Kit (27 pages)
- ACE Short Answer Writing Kit (6 pages)