Simplifying Formal Writing Instruction: The Introduction


After years of teaching formal writing, I finally realized I could save myself dozens of grading hours by breaking it down to the simplest possible steps.

Teaching students to write a good introduction gives them a blueprint for a clear and concise paper. If you can teach them how to use a hook, thesis, and organizing sentence, the work of writing the paper suddenly becomes much clearer to them. And reading their papers suddenly becomes much clearer for you! 

This poster gives you the basics. In my experience, most teachers do not teach the concept of the organizing sentence, but it is the one that will save you the most time cleaning up students' organization in their papers. The thesis is vital, of course, but adding in the concept of the organizing sentence makes a world of difference! 

If you'd like to see the complete unit, including information about all the elements, graphic organizers to help students practice, and a helpful guide for moving beyond the basics, you can check it out here over at TPT. This is one of the best resources I've ever created, and I'm excited to share it with you. I can confidently say it will save you dozens of hours both in terms of creating good formal writing curriculum and in grading time.  


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