Are you looking for an expository writing process that you can follow as well as your students? This Expository Planning Tool Box/ Lap Book may be the perfect solution. After students have created the lap book, they will be able to follow the steps to write a well-organized expository essay.
Why use a tool box?
The Expository Writing Process Tool Box is designed to help students self-monitor their progress throughout the expository writing process.
How do I use this with my students?
In my classroom, students keep this up at their desks while they are writing. A quick walk around my room allows me to see who is on-track, behind, or speeding through the writing process.
How do you make it?
You simply copy each of the pages and allow students time to color them and fill out the Brainstorm Questions.
Then, walk them through the cutting and pasting portions.
*I used card stock for the number slips to help prevent the paper from wilting and hiding the writing step they were on.
How will my students best utilize this tool box?
You must teach them how you want them to use this tool box in order for it to be effective. I spent an entire class period creating the tool box and explaining each step. I then wrote a paper with the class and went through the writing process steps before they did. That way they were able to see an example of my expectations before I set them free to write their own. It was on the second essay that I felt they understood how to utilize the tool box.