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Lesson Objective

SWBAT generate an outline for a persuasive five-paragraph essay.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Objective:

SWBAT generate an outline for a persuasive five-paragraph essay.

Essential Questions:

• What is the thesis statement of an essay?
• What is the stronger side of the intelligent design debate?


Finish outline

Materials Needed:

Notes from ID debate (in binder—extras for the disorganized).

Lesson Plan: I Do

Pass out two essay outlines. One is for notes, the other for student completion. Teacher walks through one on a topic that’s not the students’.

Lesson Plan: We Do Together

Students start digging in to their own outlines. Teacher calls each student up individually for a conference (in each class where possible) to ensure that all thinking is clear and on-point.

Lesson Plan: You Do

Students pack everything away, write down homework.

1. What went well?

2. What would you change?

3. What needs explanation?

 The modeling of the outline, while a little tiresome, is actually a very useful (I would even say necessary) step in preparing the students to complete their own. By the time I cut the kids loose to try their own outlines, they're pretty familiar and comfortable with the structure they'll be using. That leaves the teacher free to focus on content.

 I'm not sure that arguing in favor of pepsi or sprite is quite congruent to the task of arguing in favor of, or against, intelligent design. It might be a good idea to tweak the modelled outline so it lines up more closely for what students will be expected to do.

 This is the last lesson in the unit that really needs robust teacher modeling. From here, take the outlines and have the kids plug their ideas into the essay packets (which are basically long graphic organizers) and write them out with gradually improved transitions.

Lesson Resources

ID essay packet  
Persuasive essay planner teacher  
Persuasive essay planner w sentence starters  
Persuasive essay planner  


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