Developing essay-writing skills at secondary

Nicola Davison
14th October 2016
Secondary, essay, writing, planning, structure, paragraph, language, KS3, KS4, GCSE, post-16, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Take students through the steps to effective essay writing in any subject with these skills lessons and supporting tools

Most students have a love-hate relationship with essay writing. They recognise that it’s one of the best vehicles through which to demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic or subject area, but crafting an essay can take a long time.

Why not make the prospect less daunting with this collection of hand-picked lesson ideas? We’ve also chosen some top tools to help learners to develop their skills, and their confidence, at each stage of the essay-writing process.

Teaching the skills

Ensure younger students understand the importance of and get to grips with essay planning by exploring four different techniques in this simple lesson. Having decided on the best one, pupils can then get down to writing. On the other hand, older learners may benefit from the varied activities in this essay-writing toolkit, which looks to encourage a more in-depth argument.

When it comes to structuring writing, this paragraph-focused lesson is ideal for helping pupils to write analytically, and can be easily adapted to suit any subject area. Later, use this proofreading presentation to take learners through the skills required to edit their essay.

Supporting tools

Useful as both an introduction to essay-writing and as a reminder of good practice, this eight-step guide outlines each phase of the process. Or, print and laminate this handy vocabulary mat for learners to refer to when writing, in order to encourage flow and to stop them from repeating themselves.

Some students benefit from using pro-forma when planning and structuring writing. This planning pack* contains five different templates to do just that, while this instructional guide* breaks down each part into manageable chunks.

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