Reflection: Staircase of Complexity One Big Idea and a lot of Little Ones: Supporting Thesis with Reasons - Section 2: Main Activity


Some of us are used to only write or teach the five paragraph essay. Mostly because an introduction and conclusion with three body paragraphs seemed like standard. It probably still is. However, we don't have to limit students to the three body paragraphs. For students who need more structure or guidance, I direct them to coming up with three strong reasons that are different from one another and support their thesis. But for others, who have a very complex thesis and can write on more than three reasons, I encourage them, as long as their reasons are strong. The level of complexity can vary based on the students' level of writing.

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One Big Idea and a lot of Little Ones: Supporting Thesis with Reasons

Unit 7: Opinions in Writing
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT organize writing using subtitles with supporting reasons.

Big Idea: Students organize their writing using a box and bullet structure.

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