As an education major and student at Western Governors University I have been given the task of creating a lesson plan to teach students how to use the process approach to writing to create an expository paragraph, AND it must be designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners.
After all the effort I put into this writing guide, I wanted to share it here for other teachers to use.
It includes a detailed lesson plan on expository writing and the 5-step writing process as well as five graphic organizers that serve as a writing guide. Each page represents a step in the 5-step process approach to writing.
Page 1: Prewrite = Word Bank (discuss as a class words that may be used in a paragraph teaching someone how to blow a bubble with bubblegum, let students copy words the class comes up with in their word bank and draw illustrations as definitions)
Page 2: Prewrite = List ideas in order (Students work in pairs to complete the graphic organizer by putting ideas in the order they should appear in an expository paragraph)
Page 3: Rough Draft = Fill in blanks by putting ideas into expository paragraph form (Students work independently to use what they have learned to complete their fill in the blank rough draft)
Page 4: Edit and Revise = Peer evaluation check list (Students swap writing guides and evaluate the work of their partner, students then correct any errors and misunderstandings)
Page 5: Final Draft = Expository paragraph (Students work independently to complete their final draft of an expository paragraph using their writing guide as reference)
I suggest taping a small pink balloon to a picture of each student (to look like they are blowing a bubble) and displaying their bubble photos with their final drafts.
This writing guide is intended to be printed in color, if you print in black and white some of the pink bubbles may be too dark for students to write in with a pencil. You may want to allow them to use a pen or marker if printing in black and white.
Hope you and your kids have fun with this one!
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