Twenty-First Century Skills emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making. The thinking involved in Structured Writing centers on all three of these areas. Each step of the process depends on the application of strong literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension. Students are expected to center their paragraph development through a step-by-step analysis that addresses multiple causes […]

The Structured Writing process is an easy-to-use methodology that increases student communication, organization, and comprehension. This process becomes a cornerstone for all content areas. Teachers can infuse this process into direct instruction and into assessment. By engaging in the Structured Writing process students learn to reflect upon the meaning of key concepts. In addition, students […]

“Why do you want to become a teacher?” asked a colleague when I informed her that I would be taking courses to obtain my teaching certificate. As I sat at my desk and stared out the window of the 48th floor of the palatial Williams Tower in the Galleria, I began to reflect upon my […]

Importance to the Reader’s Life Exercise Good essay conclusion connect the issue to the reader’s experience and making the new knowledge practical to their everyday lives. Use the chart below to brainstorm ideas on how to develop this section of the conclusion paragraph. Genre/Purpose     Importance to Reader (possible questions to answer) INFORMATIVE        […]

The Importance of Conclusions The conclusion brings your essay full circle and provides closure and direction for the reader, making sure your reader is left hanging with questions like… So what? Why is this important? What should I do about it? Conclusions Video Exercise While watching the video, on the left hand column, take notes […]

“Translate” your evidence After composing a clear “thesis statement”, the writer needs to provide evidence that supports their objective/opinion and explanation of how their analysis of the text supports their objective/opinion. This “translation” of the evidence becomes the body of the essay or paragraph. BASIC STRUCTURE OF ANALYSIS PARAGRAPHS Point: A strong statement that identifies […]

THESIS = COMPASS: The thesis for a paper is like a compass. It sets direction and purpose for the paper. The basic elements of a thesis include: Topic: Main subject for the essay. Objective: Author’s opinion & defined purpose for the essay. Preview: Outline of how the author will meet the stated objective or purpose […]

The Argument/Persuasion “Question” Analysis questions or prompts present specific requirements that define the essay’s content and purpose. In order to effectively answer the question, one must learn to correctly “R.E.A.D.” the question. Follow these steps below as a guide: Recognize the main SUBJECT that is required to be analyzed. Evaluate the genre of writing and […]