Excellent Five-Paragraph Essays

A five-paragraph essay is the focus of a instructional activity designed to boost writing skills. Learners warm-up their writing muscles with several sentences answering a prompt. A group writing activity includes a graphic organizer, paragraph writing, and a discussion. Independently, writers compose a five-paragraph expository essay.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson after learners return from a gift-giving holiday 
  • Keep class members in groups to offer peers support while they write
  • Review the rubric you use to grade essays with the class, give participants a copy with kid-friendly language to guide their writing 
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should be familiar with what an expository essay is and how to compose five paragraphs
  • Extension ideas are provided 
  • The lesson plan includes ways to differentiate instruction
  • The prompt is relatable and engaging
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