Essay Writing Class - Level Ⅱ
Level Ⅰ or equivalant
Meets twice a week
Class Title: Essay Writing Class – Level II (5-Paragraph Essay)
Objectives: Understand the fundamental components of a 5-paragraph essay, learn how to independently produce it from scratch, and gain research and referencing (Chicago) skills
✓ Apply knowledge learned from Level I to create a micro outline.
✓ Understand the purpose and structure of the introduction section.
✓ Understand the purpose and structure of the body section.
✓ Understand the purpose and structure of the conclusion section.
✓ Understand and utilize Chicago referencing.
✓ Apply knowledge to develop a 500-700 word 5-paragraph essay.
Class Timeline: ✓ 45 mins. per lesson (15 mins. for instruction, 25 mins. for in-class writing, 5 mins. for discussion & questions)
✓ Have lessons twice per week
Detailed Lesson Plan:
5-Paragraph Essay: 3 months
Week 1a: 5-paragraph essay (500-700 words) – What is it?
Week 1b: Topic selection and outline production #1 (Chicago ref)
Week 2a: Outline production #2
Week 2b: Outline review and polishing
Week 3a: Introduction #1 – Develop your introductory paragraph
Week 3b: Introduction #2 – Review and feedback
Week 4a: Introduction #3 – Polish your introductory paragraph
Week 4b: Body #1 – Develop your 1st body paragraph
Week 5a: Body #2 – Review and feedback
Week 5b: Body #3 – Polish your 1st body paragraph
Week 6a: Body #4 – Develop your 2nd body paragraph
Week 6b: Body #5 – Review and feedback
Week 7a: Body #6 – Polish your 2nd body paragraph
Week 7b: Body #7 – Develop your 3rd body paragraph
Week 8a: Body #8 – Review and feedback
Week 8b: Body #9 – Polish your 3rd body paragraph
Week 9a: Conclusion #1 – Develop your concluding paragraph
Week 9b: Conclusion #2 – Review and feedback
Week 10a: Conclusion #3 – Polish your concluding paragraph
Week 10b: 5-paragraph essay #1 – Review and feedback
Week 11a: 5-paragraph essay #2 – Polish your essay
Week 11b: Peer review
Week 12a: Capstone project - Create your own 5-paragraph essay (with an outline) from scratch
Week 12b: Evaluation and feedback
By the end of the class, students are able to independently produce the following (Example is provide below):