Developing essay-writing skills at secondary

Tara Wright
15th March 2019
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.

Essay writing tools 

Essay & Story Planning Tools

Students often have difficulties doing plans for assignments. This lesson shows students 4 types of planning. Venn Diagrams, Lists, MindMaps and Free Text. Surprised that my year 12's really needed this and figured that it needs to be taught from KS2 onwards. (The PDF is provided for Mac users and is the same as the Publisher file)
By james_abela

Essay Writing Toolkit

A comprehensive guide to essay writing. The toolkit contains over 50 activities to help students improve their essays, as well as a wealth of other information, ideas and links. All aspects of essay writing are covered and the material is suitable for use across Key Stages 3,4 and 5.
By mikegershon

Paragraph Writing Toolkit

This paragraph writing toolkit allows teachers to help students construct analytical paragraphs for essays or exam questions. In the blank spaces provided on the slides, teachers can model parts of a paragraph or provide key words and sentence starters. This is a useful tool to make analytical or essay writing less daunting for students.
By Daniel Ingman

Proofreading

In this powerpoint you will take the learners throught the skills needed to proof read a document, there is also an activity on punctuating a letter demonstrating how punctuation can change the meaning of a text
By nbrighton78

8 Steps to a Brilliant Essay

A pupils' guide to essay writing, useful as an introduction or as a reminder of good practice.
By Laura Moore

Sentence openers - analyitical & essay writing

This document gives students a choice of alternative words / phrases to use in their essays and assessments to stop them becoming repetitive.
By WillsonEducation

Revision: Essay Planning & 5 Plans

This resource encourages the students to look at what they know well and what they need a little more guidance on.

There are then five different types of essay plans that can be used either through the course or as part of the revision process.

The essay plans are set out differently and can be easily adapted to different topics.
By IQResources

Essay Writing Toolkit

A comprehensive guide to essay writing. The toolkit contains over 50 activities to help students improve their essays, as well as a wealth of other information, ideas and links. All aspects of essay writing are covered and the material is suitable for use across Key Stages 3,4 and 5.
By MikeGershonAustralia

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