To start today, I ask students to find all 3 expository essays we have drafted: the past-present-future essay, the extended metaphor essay, and the literary analysis essay. Once the essays are found, students should review all 3 and select their favorite (based on their own criteria).
I introduce the summative expository essay to initial groans ("Not another essay!") which transition to joy ("We can choose?!"). I ask students to choose just 1 of our practice essays to revise as their summative and give them the full list of standards to be assessed.
In their excitement, students jump right into revision, clarifying comments I wrote weeks before and cross-checking notes for new skills to be added to create a stronger piece, more easily understood by the audience and more clearly conveying the topic.