This document is a simple activity worksheet that helps students realize the components of an Opinion Essay through the process of deconstruction. Teachers may teach the material by introducing the structure of an Opinion Essay first. They may then ask the students to read the essay before accomplishing the reading outline provided.
Keywords: Opinion Essay, outline, deconstruction, essay writing, thesis statement, introduction, body, conclusion
A mini-unit of work which includes the deconstruction of a model text, group discussions and an independent writing task to raise awareness of overall structure and salient language features within a discursive essay. The resources were originally developed within a high-achieving, multilingual international school and were aimed predominantly at English language learners in order to develop genre-based writing skills. However, the structured approach has also proven to be effective for 1st language English students who are developing awareness of academic literacy skills. To be used in conjunction with the novel Kensuke's Kingdom include a PowerPoint presentation and related activities within a Word document.
Scaffold the structural components of a Persuasive Essay with this comprehensive pack of interactive notebook templates, posters, anchor charts, and graphic organisers.
FOCUS OF SCAFFOLDED LESSONS ON:
* Lesson activities feature the sample text, ‘Fast Food’.
1.The Introduction: hook, opinion, thesis statement
2.Five types of hooks: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation.
3.The Body Paragraphs: topic sentence (reason), supporting details, concluding sentence
4.The Conclusion: summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action
1.Graphic organisers on the introduction, body and conclusion (can be used with other topics).
2.6 persuasive writing prompt cards (colour and blackline).
5.Teacher Marking Rubric
7.Flipbook (editable) to scaffold structure (maybe used as draft for editing and revising).
8.Posters/Anchor charts on the parts of a Persuasive Essay and persuasive language.
9.Links to four interesting topics for students to gain content knowledge prior to writing their own persuasive essays.
Brief Overview of Nature of Work: The Introduction, Body and Conclusion
Students will read the sample text on fast food (coloured posters) and note the parts of the Introduction. They will also read the sample texts for the five different ways to begin an persuasive essay: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation.
Students will colour-code the parts of the introduction in the five sample texts (interactive notebook templates). Students will then practise writing the five ways of beginning an introduction. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their thesis (interactive notebook templates).
Students will read the sample text on fast food (coloured posters) and note the parts of the body: a topic sentence encompassing the reason, supporting details and a concluding sentence. Students will colour-code the parts of the body in the sample text (interactive notebook templates). Students will then practise writing the first body paragraph. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).
Students will read the sample conclusion on fast food (coloured poster) and note the parts of the conclusion: a summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action. Students will colour-code the parts of the conclusion in the sample text (interactive notebook template). Students will then practise writing the conclusion. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).