In order to construct an effective essay, students must first deconstruct and analyze aspects of a good piece of writing such as a nonfiction article, etc.
Through these exercises students will begin to see patterns in written language such as the mechanics of language structure and syntax. This will in turn bring the student to write in a more sophisticated manner. Much of a writer’s success is to link ideas in an effective way. Studying a journalist’s work can provide an effective model for all learners.
Further, once step one has been completed, step two is to reread the article to establish the framework of the problem as presented by the author. Understanding the information as presented by the author, and delving deeper to determine the actual structure of the text gives the student a working model for improving his or her own writing. Last students will write their own argument for the topic by using the templates provided.
A suggested way of interacting with a journalist's nonfiction text
A suggested way to analyze journalistic phrases
Suggested academic word list
Suggested compositional risks
Suggested transitions for counterclaims
Detailed templates for drafting 5 paragraph essay
Simple template with margin reminders
Detailed note to teacher
Once students have mastered using the various techniques, invite them to write on demand without any templates. [this may be a good time to use a computer lab and determine how well your students can write]