It is difficult to teach students how to properly write and then have them create meaningful, precise, and direct examples of what they have learned. This 10-15 day activity challenges students to show they understand their text's lessons ("Models for Writers: Short Essays in Composition"). They cover pre-reading through how to use sources properly in unique and educational ways, all the while reading interesting and relevant articles as foundation examples. I use this source for an Honors-level English 10 class but it can be modified to fit any college comp., high school, or middle school student.
Design: Students will pre-read an article (10 in total), complete a challenge within class utilizing the article (can do as a bell ringer, activity, or full day lesson), and then practice the skill for homework in a concentrated but meaningful way (can do as another lesson, activity, etc.). This can take 10-15+ days, depending on how much time you give students to work in class or their level of assigned homework. Instead of having to read an essay and look for a million different examples for proof of learning, use this activity to isolate each step as students build themselves up into master writers.
The skills students will practice and master the material from the first 10 chapters of the text, although you do not NEED the text to pre-teach these concepts:
1. Identifying subject, topic, audience, and purpose of a piece (pre-writing)
2. Reading Critically, annotating a text, and Analyzing and evaluating a text with questions. **
3. Thesis Statements
4. Unity in Writing
6. Beginnings and Endings
9. Effective Sentences
10. Writing with Sources
PLEASE NOTE: You do not NEED to utilize the writing text we use, nor use the articles I list as my resources, in order to teach this unit. I did not provide the articles themselves, although I do list their titles and websites.
**(I did not include 2 added slides for these instructions in order to not break copyright but you could include your own instructions if you do not have the text.)