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DescriptionStudents learn about using a web graphic organizer effectively as a prewriting tool for expository writing.
ObjectivesThe student uses a prewriting strategy suitable for the task (for example, brainstorming, using a graphic organizer, listing ideas).
-Notebook paper for each group
-Pencils for one student designated as recorder of the group
-Transparency markers for the teacher
-Rubric for the overhead
-Expository writing prompts for each group and one for the overhead
-Web graphic organizer for each group and one for the overhead
-Notebook paper for each student
-Pencils for each student
-Expository writing prompt sheet for each student
-Web graphic organizer for each student
-Rubric for each student
Preparations1. Gather 6-10 expository writing prompts from writing sources and materials.
2. Provide the web graphic organizer that the student will use.
3. Set up the overhead and make sure it works.
4. Provide the rubric that the student will use.
5. Run off three prompts to hand out to the students.
1. Show students a web graphic organizer and explain the different areas of the web. (See attached file.)
2. Inform them that today they will be learning how to use the web graphic organizer during prewriting activities to help them relate to the writing prompt more effectively.
3. Review the format of writing an essay and how that format fits into the web graphic organizer. (Subject, body paragraphs, and elaborated techniques.)
4. After reading an expository prompt, model the use of a web graphic organizer on the overhead. (Example- Writing Situation: Each year millions of tourists visit Florida. Directions for Writing: Before you begin writing, think about Florida as a place to go on vacation. Now write to explain the reasons why Florida is a popular place to go on vacation.
5. Divide the class into groups of three students.
6. Students practice using the web graphic organizer with a prompt given out by the teacher.
7. As a formative assessment, review answers with the students and provide corrective feedback as necessary.
8. Inform students that they will develop their own web graphic organizer at this time.
9. Explain the rubric and ask if there are any questions. (See attached file.)
10. Students are given a handout of prompts. The teacher explains that the students are to select a prompt from the three listed on their handout and use their web graphic organizer as a prewriting tool to place the subject/body/and elaboration in the correct position on the organizer.
11. Students turn in their finished worksheets, and the teacher uses the rubric as a formative tool to give feedback to the students.
AssessmentsEach student uses a web graphic organizer as a prewriting strategy to place the subject/body/and elaboration found in writing prompt in the correct positions. Formative assessment uses a rubric to observe the use of a web graphic organizer as a prewriting strategy. The rubric contains the following criteria: using a web graphic organizer as a prewriting strategy and using a writing prompt to place the subject/body/elaboration in the correct positions on the graphic organizer. (See attached files.)
ExtensionsStudents use the web graphic organizer and apply their techniques to persuasive writing.
Attached FilesWeb It Graphic Organizer. File Extension: pdf
The Performance Assessment. File Extension: pdf
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