Writing an Expository Essay

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SWBAT write an expository essay about how a change in their life has affected them today.

Big Idea

As the Embedded Assessment for the unit, students write an Expository Essay around the theme of change.

Guiding Question

5 minutes

Here's the Change Chart being referred to in the Guiding Question.


50 minutes

For the work time, students simply draft their essays. There are plenty of step-by-step directions in SpringBoard's Expository Essay Assessment, but this year I opted to have my students use the Expository Essay Outline I created.

As kids are drafting, I'm circulating with the Expository Rubric and focusing on the standard that calls for vivid details. As I look at their drafts, I skim and scan and locate a pretty bland sentence and ask how they could make it more vivid, using sensory details, adjectives, or other fancy language.