The cover of this folder is an elementary, student-drawn picture of girl with four little teardrops that figuratively spell “Help me” or “poignant,” or just plain “sad,” which makes any of us do the only thing we can, which is pick up a pen and do whatever she wants. The sketch not only served as a prompt for the author’s secondary-level essays but as an impetus to motivate students to write their own papers.
As teachers, most of us have experienced the “Now what?” after students finally have their topic sentences since many struggle with elaboration to support the key point they are going to make. This folder contains two humorous one-paragraph essays, one with labeled structure indicating exactly where the support sentences are and the other asking students to practice identifying the elaboration. After classes have studied how both paragraphs were written, when it is time to write their own papers, they will be confident and ready.
Each folder includes instructions on many options for their use.
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