Essay lessons middle school

One option is to organize your essay from general to particular . For example, if you were describing the new Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas, you might start out by describing the setting - the smell of the corn dogs frying, the crowds of people, the happy children dodging in and out of the midway games - then get into his grandiose size - after all, everything is bigger in Texas, right? After that, you describe the details: his new crisp, white, pearl snap shirt, his blue jeans tucked into cowboy boots, adorned up top with his signature belt buckle, and so on.


Sharpen students' ability to express their ideas with persuasive writing activities.


Help students focus on key writing skills with these interactive and printable exercises developed with examples from student writing and classic literature.

Student Author
Brian White, 15
  Provide an authentic model of essay revision and powerful writing with an interactive lesson featuring an excerpt from Brian’s award-winning essay, "The Answer to Stress."
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Get the lesson plan   Extend on this Master Class by studying persuasive writing in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
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Middle school teachers : read "Anatomy of an Essay: Outlining for Strength," a guest teacher lesson by Philip Clark.

High school teachers : read these step-by-step lesson plans to help you guide your students through poetry writing process.
• Brainstorm • Draft • Review • Revise • Polish  
• Publish student writing online • Help students to exchange feedback with their peers • See a showcase of student work • Find information on Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards

Essay lessons middle school

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