This lesson provides all you will need to teach writing a great five paragraph essay in grades 6 through 11. Worksheet, example, activity, and more are included.
The last page in this packet is the best- so I'll start with the end. I've written a five paragraph essay (about writing an essay!) in a graphic organizer format that labels the important parts of a five paragraph essay. This one-page resource is great for students to refer to- throughout the year- for an example of an introduction, hook, topic sentence, body paragraph, hook revisited, conclusion, etc. One year I laminated it, but it is just as easy to keep a copy in each student folder. Don't forget to make spare copies to give out when they are lost- and to give to parents at Open House (major points there!).
Included in the packet is the lesson plan- complete with Essential Question, activating strategy, teaching strategy and Exit Ticket.
Next is the worksheet which showcases two paragraphs: one strong, one weak. There is a Venn Diagram so students can pick out what they have in common (organization...) and how they differ (strong/weak detail...). The worksheet has practice sentences for students to add details, and ends with the Exit Ticket.
The next sheet is my essay (featured on the last page in graphic organizer format) divided into strips NOT in order. Students will cut them apart and decide where each sentence fits in a complete essay. This activity shows that organization is both obvious and important!
I LOVE starting any writing unit with this packet. It helps tremendously with organization. Students no longer write in stream-of-conscious and think it is acceptable. Taking the sentence strips and making judgements as to where each will fit in an essay has been a powerful tool in my classroom. Plus, the kids get a kick out of my lighthearted essay. (Score!)
This lesson was written for 6-9th grades, but will work with higher grades for students who struggle with writing. The focus is on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9-10.4, 11-12.5 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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