Reflection: Essay Writing Writing an Explanatory Text with a Focus on Style - Section 2: Writing an Open Response


At the end of the hour, all but three essays were turned in, which tells me that my students felt confident and ready to write an open response. The three students who had to take the essay home to complete also had trouble maintaining focus in class. It's never fun to have extra homework, so I hope they learned a valuable lesson about time management. Nonetheless, having read all the open responses, I am happy to say that 57% of students scored a 90 or above, which is a major improvement. I plan to highlight some of their accomplishments, specifically in terms of style and developing argument, when I hand back their work. The sample essay, for example, shows a control of language and has a clear voice. I especially liked the way this student transitioned from one idea to the next and her comfortable integration of quotations.

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Writing an Explanatory Text with a Focus on Style

Unit 17: Romeo and Juliet Act 4: Reading, Performing, and Writing
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT write an explanatory text to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective organization and analysis of Act 4, scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet.

Big Idea: Writing isn't just about being "right," but about communicating an idea effectively to your audience.

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