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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.
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