Almost all state tests and classroom assignments require that students compose well-written expository essays. Sometimes textbook examples aren't as student-friendly as classes need, and teachers find themselves searching for ready-to-use models that when "broken down" into manageable parts students can achieve success.
This folder contains two models of expository essays. The left side is one-paragraph and can be used as an example of structure, elaboration, and voice. Since this is the shorter of the two pieces, it could serve as an engagement strategy, Quick Write, or a day’s lesson. The second one, “Challenge,”—on the right side and back of the folder—is a multi-paragraph, exemplifying a well-developed essay with three supports for each of the three topic sentences, figurative language, word choice, and more. After each piece, there are activities to help students understand the components of the essays and finally step-by-step directions for them to follow in writing their own works.
Teachers love this "writing-in-stages" technique so that not only can peers assess each other's work but also so that the teachers themselves can orally monitor their students as they progress through the process.
Students enjoy choosing their own special place (as exemplified by the picture) and even making a quick sketch of it to make sure all the details have been included in their essay.
Each folder includes instructions on many options for their use.
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