Essay Writing Class - LevelⅠ
Meets twice a week
Class Title: Essay Writing Class – Level I (5-Paragraph Macro & Micro Outlines)
Objectives: Understand the fundamental components of both macro and micro outlines, learn how to independently produce them from scratch, and gain basic research and referencing (MLA) skills
✓ Understand and create a macro outline.
✓ Understand and create a micro outline.
✓ Understand how to incorporate MLA referencing into the micro outline.
✓ Apply knowledge by creating macro and micro outlines.
Class Timeline: ✓ 45 mins. per lesson (25 mins. for instruction, 15 mins. for in-class writing, 5 mins. for discussion & questions)
✓ Have lessons twice per week
Detailed Lesson Plan:
5-Paragraph Macro Outline: 1 month
Week 1a: 5-paragraph macro outline – What is it?
Week 1b: Thesis I – What is a thesis?
Week 2a: Thesis II – How to create your own thesis
Week 2b: Introduction - How to structure your introduction
Week 3a: Body - How to structure your body paragraphs
Week 3b: Conclusion - How to structure your conclusion
Week 4a: Capstone project – Create your own macro outline from scratch
Week 4b: Evaluation and feedback
5-Paragraph Micro Outline/Research: 3 months
Week 1a: 5-paragraph micro outline – What is it?
Week 1b: Introduction I - How to create a compelling thesis
Week 2a: Research - How to conduct academic research (MLA ref)
Week 2b: Introduction II - Hook and background
Week 3a: Introduction III – Polishing
Week 3b: Body Ia – Create topic sentence #1
Week 4a: Body Ib – Support topic sentence #1 with detail & evidence
Week 4b: Body Ic– Analyze Body #1
Week 5a: Body IIa – Create topic sentence #2
Week 5b: Body IIb – Support topic sentence #2 with detail & evidence
Week 6a: Body IIc – Analyze Body #2
Week 6b: Body IIIa – Create topic sentence #3
Week 7a: Body IIIb – Support topic sentence #3 with detail & evidence
Week 7b: Body IIIc – Analyze Body #3
Week 8a: Conclusion – How to structure a concluding paragraph
Week 8b: Outline review & polishing – how to polish your outline
Week 9a: Final Outline Project - Introduction
Week 9b: Final Outline Project - Body
Week 10a: Final Outline Project - Conclusion
Week 10b: Review & polishing #1
Week 11a: Review & polishing #2
Week 11b: Peer review: sharing final projects
Week 12a: Capstone project - Create your own micro outline from scratch
Week 12b: Evaluation and feedback
By the end of the class, students are able to independently produce the following (Examples are provide below):