It's really not much more than the old 5 paragraph essay, but it helped remind me that not everything students write has to have some original format. At the beginning of each year, I use The Important Book as a model for their first piece of writing. For some reason, once that first paper is written, I drop the idea of having a "frame" for the students to use. When I heard about the triple gold, I realized that I could help my students see that writing can be simple if you have a plan.
This week we are writing with a Thanksgiving theme. I'm allowing my students to choose between two Thanksgiving themed prompts:
Today I talked with them about the structure their paragraph would follow:
We also prepped for our writing by making a web, here's my example:
I think that this "frame" will allow for my students to quickly produce a quality expository piece of writing. I can't wait to share a finished piece with you all.