Hand-off to your students the secret weapon for generating substantive, interesting, and
THOROUGH topic development: enlisting expositional methods. This 10-page product (3 Template Worksheet-Exercises) holds the antidote for the epidemic “but-I-can’t-think-of-anything-to-say!?!”-syndrome.
Verbal conversations are rarely comprised of a monotonous flow of statement-upon-statement.
Completely un-coached, we naturally intermix our discussions with accounts of our experiences, examples to back up our opinions, questions for our listeners, explanations and definitions of our meanings, vivid descriptions where we lack a cell phone picture. We routinely make mental notes of hilarious or poignant must-share quotations for anticipated conversations. Though VARIETY is the familiar friend of our daily interactions, we freeze and variety flees when that “discussion” is required “on paper.”
When our students “can’t think of anything to say,” they have disconnected from the many methods of
conversing upon which they instinctively draw every day. The key for essay writing is to reconnect their writing to their innate Tool Kit of discussion-development-methods! Sometimes deciding “how” to say something clarifies “what” needs said. Empowering your writers with this tool kit of “discussion methods” delivers them from excruciating sequences of forced, rambling sentences to executing a SPECIFIC thesis via SPECIFIC tools.
Table of Contents: The Premise & Pattern Explained; “Tool Kit of Development Methods” Handout;
Exercise 1: Recognizing & Evaluating the “Methods” in writing samples; Exercise 2: Focused-Thesis Formation: Exercise 3: Correlating “Methods” with “Content”; Additional Topics List for Repeat Use of Templates.