Do you need help teaching struggling writers? I have been teaching writing for 7 years and in that time no less than 95% of my students met the expectation on our state writing assessment. There have been a few good writers but most struggled to develop writing that was focused, supported, written with elaboration and correct conventions. Therefore I basically created a cloze format that provides a clear example of how to organize expository writing. These examples are meant as a starting point where advanced writers can begin, but struggling writers will rely on for understanding of expository writing’s format. I have created a series of task cards with fill-in-the-blank cloze passages that focus on expository introductions (paragraph 1), middle paragraphs (to show support and elaboration), and conclusions. Most students are not natural writers and need sentence-by-sentence role modeling until they learn the organization/purpose of expository writing and can incorporate their own sentence variety, word choice, and creativity. These task cards are very structured and are fill in the blank examples of expository introductions. Don’t think that the vocabulary will be too difficult for them. They will pick it up quickly with repetition.
Essay examples are also included in my store. These examples are valuable resources for students who say, “I don’t know what to write.” They will give them inspiration.
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