Writing an Essay from Question to Conclusion in Senior High School2022-01-17T09:14:14+11:00

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Writing an Essay from Question to Conclusion in Senior High School

It’s time to upgrade the five-paragraph essay!

Nothing sucks the joy out of learning like the ‘essay’ at the end of a six-week teaching and learning block. Any hint of curiosity or interest flies out the window, often replaced by the straight jacket of correctness. Ideas become buried beneath form; marking criteria are often either ambiguous or overprescribed; teacher confidence to give writing feedback is low; or worse, students complain, ‘But I’ve never been taught how to write an essay!’ 

Is now the time to upgrade the five-paragraph essay!? Yes! 

In Writing an essay from question to conclusion, you’ll move far beyond the paragraph-first approach to essay writing. You’ll learn; 

  • About essays. You’ll learn that an essay is simply a conversation with an idea, and about the various types of conversations. 

  • About control.  Essays are really about controlling an idea with the writing skills at your fingertips and assembling the evidence in your hand; 

  • About spring-loading. How to create teaching activities in ways that generate curiosity, interest and enough content to write an essay; 

  • About structure. We’ll examine the various types of structure from the thematic to the sequential to the non-linear, and how to make that argument really fall off the page across the whole essay; 

  • About balance. How to ask and answer a question that lends itself to balance; 

  • About sentences. Why clarity is more important that correctness. You’ll learn how a sentence functions and the 4 things we look for in sentences;  

  • About syntax and why vocabulary makes or breaks an essay. You’ll learn about FOUR types of vocabulary that will help you spot thinking. 

  • And more! 

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