This is an assignment that details how to write a five paragraph expository essay in Spanish. The students write a five paragraph essay based on a thesis using a topic of their choice. They are required to cite information from one written source and one aural source- which must be from BBC mundo or UN Radio. The web addresses for these sites are included. The process is described in 10 steps which include choosing a topic, finding sources, writing a thesis, choosing a method of organization, organizing information, outlining information for central (support) paragraphs, writing central paragraphs, writing an introduction, writing a conclusion and self and peer editing. A peer editing form that guides students in editing for style, content, grammar and vocabulary is included. All instructions for the students are in Spanish. The last page is a rubric in English. This assignment has worked very well in PreAP Spanish IV classes, preparing students for AP style essay writing, but it could easily be adapted to other upper-level Spanish classes. I usually give the students two 45 minute sessions in the computer lab about a week apart to research and begin writing their paper. About two weeks after the second lab session their rough draft is due and they must bring it in for peer editing. I give them 30-40 minutes of class time for peer editing. The final draft is due two weeks later.
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