The first handout gives the students three choices for their essay. The choices revolve around the idea of a hero, what it entails, what he/she does and is Odysseus a hero? The students complete all questions and then choose the ONE prompt they will focus on.
The next handout is: writing a thesis statement, gathering evidence (quotes), rough of their commentary, transitions to use and notes to self.
Next the students outline their introduction. This is broken down by a HOOK, IMPORTANT INFORMATION and then THESIS STATEMENT.
Then, students outline their conclusion, which contains: the WHAT? the SO WHAT? and NOW WHAT?
Then students outline their body paragraphs. They are required to have 2 and it follows the pattern of: claim, concrete detail, commentary, commentary, concrete detail, commentary, commentary and concluding sentence.
**You can change the order of the outline if you like. You can have them outline the intro, then body and finally the concluding paragraph. Just change the order of the handout.**
**I use an Interactive Student Notebook in my class so for each prompt we did a separate exercise in the ISN. They did not know at the time that it connected to their essay. Once we completed the ISN work, I handed out the essay packet and they were confident with the questions, for we had already discussed them in the ISN.**