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Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

Are students constrained when they write five-paragraph essays? If we change our working definition of essay writing, then we can teach beyond the five-paragraph essays we often see in schools.

charts · conventions · paragraphing

Paragraphs — Part II

I took your wise words and put them together in a chart. It's hanging in my office because I love how it is a reminder of the power of collaboration. It also restores my faith in our ability to teach conventions through writing workshop. I love (and I mean lovelovelove) that no one offered a… Continue reading Paragraphs — Part II

expository · non-narrative writing · nurturing · paragraphing · personal essay

Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays

News & Announcements Chart for Monday, 11/10/08 Originally uploaded by teachergal In order to keep my demonstrations fresh, I've come to believe that I have to craft a NEW piece of writing each and every year for units I've taught in the past. If I don't, then I find my teaching becomes stale. Plus, I… Continue reading Boxes & Bullets: Framing Personal Essays

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Paragraphing in Notebooks

Today was the first day I checked my students' Idea Notebooks, using the rubric I adapted from Buckner's Book, since the school year began. The frequency with which the kids have been writing is amazing to me! One student even received a 4- on her notebook today and I gave her one of these to… Continue reading Paragraphing in Notebooks

paragraphing · personal essay

Body Paragraphs

My students will start drafting their personal essay body paragraphs tomorrow. In preparation for this event, I put together the basics of a good body paragraph. They are, as follows: EVERY GOOD BODY PARAGRAPH SHOULD INCLUDE: 1. Topic Sentence: The topic sentence is your hook, it should have a bit of attitude in it. There's… Continue reading Body Paragraphs