Students can learn a great deal about essay organization from dissecting and evaluating exemplary work or their own writing pieces. The Common Core standards require students to write in all subject areas, but strong content without organization is ineffective. This lesson, which is directly aligned with Common Core, instructs students to evaluate writing and examine organization.
This lesson can be taught in one 60-70 minute class period, but there are many extension activities you can develop after the initial lesson.
The lesson includes student instructions, a graphic organizer, and reflection questions. It can be used in any content area.