This file contains an overview of expository writing with 3 prompts.
After each essay prompt is a Focus Skill for editing.
If taught in order, the Focus Skill edits go from content edits to specific grammar edits. Only 2 to 3 skills are edited at a time.
Each essay has a rubric with content and grammar items.
Over time, skills are added to rubrics so students will “carry” certain skills forward. For example, after students edit for varied sentence structure, that skill is added to each rubric that follows.
At the end of the curriculum is a set of editing charts that can be used with every essay in place of the focus edits if a teacher wants a more thorough edit. There is also a content edit if students need to edit that skill.
These essays go from easy to more challenging assignments. These essays are based on literary writings. Students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of readings by explaining something about the writing.
Each essay assignment contains a sample essay and a sample prewrite. Some essays also contain an outline or writing plan. Struggling students usually find these sample essays helpful. Thanks for your interest. Penny Wood