Quick and easy mini-lessons with all the games, guided practice and great presentations you need to improve your students' writing.
Do your students struggle to organize, structure or polish analytic, explanatory or expository writing? Are your students’ 5-paragraph essays haphazard, poorly organized, or repetitive? Do your students struggle to build complex ideas and link details or evidence to their work? The Hamburger Model can help.
Plop elements into a unit, quarter, semester or year-long plan to structure writing assignments: grab any mini-lesson to strengthen 1 particular skill at a time ... or teach a collection of mini-lessons to introduce or reinforce skills.
The Hamburger Model scaffolds students’ writing using step-by-step mini-lessons. Guide your students through the process of writing a 5- paragraph essay from thesis statement topic sentences to organization, support with well-chosen evidence, and editing and revisions. In the collection, you’ll find
• 7 mini-lesson collections for the major skills involved in writing a paper, including (1) examples based on a variety of texts related to drama, health, English / language arts, and history / social studies; and (2) quick assessments and rubrics to provide feedback as students work on every skill.
• An incentive framework
• A sample student paper that shows the model in action
• A full Hamburger Model rubric to grade finished papers
• All the handouts, games, activities, and presentations you need to engage students in meaningful practice such as (1) paper cube cut-outs, with 6-sided sets of instructions to improve thesis statements, explain evidence, and strengthen conclusion paragraphs; (2) 1-page student checklists for every major skill, to guide self-assessment and reflection the writing process; (3) Realistic scenarios that challenge students to discuss plagiarism in context; (4) Cloze paragraph to practice using transition words and phrases.
Designed for use in any high school discipline, the Hamburger Model will help you teach everything your students need to write great essays. They learn the concepts that structure great writing with a ‘meal’ metaphor. They practice each skill in short but meaningful activities, games and puzzles. They see exemplars of each individual step, and of the separate steps working in unison.
If you’re not ready to commit to the entire Model, download separate mini-lesson collections:
1. Thesis statements and topic sentences
2. Core organizational tools
3. Using evidence in writing
4. Transition words, phrases and sentences
5. Introduction and conclusion paragraphs
6. MLA Formatting
7. Revisions and editing