Reflection: Complex Tasks My Neighborhood - Section 2: Mini-lesson


My goal is to provide balance between giving students important information about how to write an expository essay and having them jump in with both feet and start planning- so that they can quickly get to the writing phase of the process.  Using a planning technique such as boxes and bullets gives students the underlying structure they need as they craft an essay.  Also, it gives students the freedom to complete certain sections first.  Most students found it easier to focus on paragraphs 2, 3, and 4- and them come back to the introduction paragraph- and conclusion paragraph.

Right now my purpose is to get students familiar with the parts of an expository essay.  At this point it is acceptable if some students just have a one sentence introduction and conclusion.  This is what I will be teaching them in the coming weeks.

Here is a video about different entry points for this lesson. 

  Complex Tasks: Complexity of Design
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My Neighborhood

Unit 6: Writing to Learn: Boxes and Bullets- The 5 Paragraph Essay
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use the writing process to generate ideas, plan and flash draft a 5 paragraph essay about three places in their neighborhood.

Big Idea: Widening the Lens: My Home......My Neighborhood!

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