This is a 3 week STAAR persuasive essay unit, although it would work well with any persuasive essay unit. This unit has been used with ESL students and with students who have failed the test and needed a more intense and scaffolded approach to the essay. The entire unit is progressive, working with a teacher example essay and 4 prompts that the class and students use to build their essay. Each lesson can be modified easily based on your students' needs and each lesson has a brief explanation of how it was presented in my classroom.
Day 1: STAAR rubric and the writing process PPTs
Day 2: Looking at teacher example essay and 4 prompts, students identify the issue to be argued and develop two reasons for their position.
Day 3-4: Writing a thesis statement PPT and practice. Practice with Kahoots!, practice with worksheet, and practice with teacher example essay and previous 4 prompts.
Day 5-6: Three graphic organizers to choose from. Teacher models how to brainstorm the teacher example essay. Students then brainstorm the other 4 prompts in pairs and individually.
Day 7-8: Students are introduced to 4 ways to hook a reader through teacher example essay. A gallery walk gives students time to collaborate on these 4 approaches. Students write 4 introductions for their previous 4 prompts.
Day 9-11/12: Teacher models how to use brainstorming to write the body on the teacher example essay. Students and teacher walk through how to write the body on prompt #1. Students work in groups/pairs/ solo on the last 3 prompts.
Day 12-13: Teacher models with teacher example essay how to write a conclusion. As a class, complete prompts #1. In pairs or solo, complete prompts #2-4.
Day 14: Peer and independent revising and editing. However, in my class at this point I skip to days 15-18, and we go over revising and editing in a separate unit which is also available for purchase of Teachers Pay Teachers
Day 15-18: 4 new prompts given for students to practice writing the essay independently. Students may choose 2 of 4 or work in pairs on one, solo on the other, whatever fits the needs of the students.
Bonus material: Consider spending day 5 on analyzing TEA released essays and scores. Students will see what the raters are expecting from them. Also, student break down of the essay and the time it should take for them to write a successful essay.
Helpful? More STAAR UNITS HERE
that are geared for struggling learners and ELLs!
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