Lesson: Essay Outline
SWBAT generate an outline for a persuasive five-paragraph essay.
• What is the thesis statement of an essay?
• What is the stronger side of the intelligent design debate?
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.
|ID essay packet||
|Persuasive essay planner teacher||
|Persuasive essay planner w sentence starters||
|Persuasive essay planner||