This lesson includes an overview of how to write a five paragraph persuasive essay. It includes an explanation of the introductory paragraph, thesis statement, body paragraphs and concluding paragraph.
The sample introductory paragraph and sample body paragraph give students a model to work from to help them craft their own essay. These paragraphs are great to use as discussion pieces -- what worked well in the paragraphs, how did the writer document sources, how did the writer move from one idea to the next effectively? Also, a lesson can be added on transition words.
The package also contains an extensive graphic organizer -- my students love this organizer -- it definitely keeps them on topic!
An essay assignment and a rubric to evaluate the essay are also included.
An activity that gets students to investigate MLA documentation using the Internet helps them to take responsibility for learning proper documentation.
There is so much that is valuable in this package if you are teaching essay writing!