Fifteen lessons developed by master writing teachers guide students to write thoughtful, well-structured essays—from informative to persuasive. These step-by-step lessons use a simple, but effective graphic organizer to show how the parts of an essay work together to create a cohesive whole. Each lesson provides differentiation tips for striving and advanced writers. Also included are sample essays that can be used to model and discuss structure and technique!
Differentiation: Start by addressing the whole class, then move around the room to address individuals who may be working with the umbrella activity.
• Developing Writers: The 4 Steps to Writing a Three-Prong Thesis Class Activity and Homework identify three specific sub-points that will become the topic of a prong in the body. Use this format for developing writers and writers who need to focus on content and organization.
• Advanced Writers: The 4 Steps to Writing an Umbrella Thesis Activity and Homework is an over-arching statement that identifies a single broad trait from which sub-points can be drawn. Use this format for writers who have a strong grasp of content and organization.