This is a three or five-page GRAPHIC ORGANIZER for the standard Five-Paragraph Essay. (Both the three and the five-page versions are included here, of course.)
Also included is a helpful one-page handout for students to get started on HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE INTRODUCTION (which includes two examples of essay introductions on two different topics).
I have found that after teaching the P.E.E. or P.E.E.L. method of literary analysis essay writing, student-writing necessarily improves. Yet, when P.E.E. is paired with a specific graphic organizer, it is truly remarkable how impressive the final product becomes. What's more, this graphic organizer allows for a spot-check to see if your students are on track and where they need help. After checking and suggesting any changes to the essay plan (graphic organizer) in-class, I give students the go-ahead to begin writing. When they hand in their final essay, they must include the essay plan so that I can quickly see if their plan and their results match. I end up using the essay plan graphic organizer as a rubric of sorts to provide feedback for my students.
I have tried other rubrics before, but ended having to make my own. This one, while longer than a convenient one-pager, yields better results that are worth cutting down a few extra trees to better ensure your students' success. I trust it will be as successful for your students, and your teaching, as it has for me. Happy writing!
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