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Outline and Draft_EXP


How can you figure out what you want to say, and how to say it in the most compelling and convincing way possible?
Find a way to organize your thoughts about the topic and the supporting evidence you have collected. Use the writing process to construct your first draft.


Time To Complete 

2-5 hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.1
  • CCRA.W.4
Possible Activities 
  1. You may want to teach specific mini-lessons on the organization and structure of the expository essay including: introduction, body, conclusion; as well as chronological, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and/or other organizational structures. 

  2. Offer students a chance to look at exemplars, this time with the purpose of identifying organizational structures, transition words, thesis construction, and the conclusion. Students may code the text to highlight these sections, use a rubric to give feedback on the papers, or design an outline checklist for their draft.

  3. Model the outlining and drafting process through think-alouds, demonstrating how you move from your organized notes to beginning your draft. You might want to try multiple leads or organizations and ask kids to evaluate what they find most effective and why.

  4. Set up writing centers with specific supports or lessons based on student need (thesis development, transition words, organizational structures, or citations), allowing students to work in different writing partnerships or peer edits.

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