Lesson Plan : Writing a Five Paragraph Essay

Teacher Name:
 Jackie Plummer
Grade:
 Grade 5
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Writing a Five Paragraph Essay using a graphic organizer
Content:
 Language Arts: Writing Graphic organizer paragraphs
Goals:
 Students will create a graphic organizer which they will use to organize their thoughts and writing process Students will begin essay with introduction to essay Students will begin each paragraph with topic sentence. Students will end the essay with a conclusion which sums up the thoughts and ideas of the essay
Objectives:
 Students will create a graphic organizer which will convey organization of thoughts and ideas for the essay. Students will write an essay using correct grammar and punctuation Students will write an essay that can convey their thoughts with clarity.
Materials:
 Paper Pencil visual aid or writing prompt document camera
Introduction:
 Describe the writing process using example of students telling stories about something they like to do. Have students volunteer to tell about something of interest to them. Write words on the board that they use along with a title and details. Then ask the class if they could understand each student and what they were talking about. Does the class have any questions? Have story teller answer any questions...note that on the board.
Development:
 Take the information on the board and insert it in a graphic organizer. Explain the process by explaining the different subjects the speaker talked about. Then set-up an essay using the details the speaker said. With the help of the class write the introduction explaining what needs to be included. Then write each paragraph asking students questions that will lead them to understanding what a topic sentence is and also what supporting detail sentences are. Have students to read the paragraph to see if it makes sense and completely explains the topic. Repeat for each paragraph. Then have the students to summarize what the essay is about and what was said in the essay. Then start to write the conclusion making sure the students understand what needs to be included in the conclusion and how to finish the essay so that it is a completed work.
Practice:
 Students will then be given three writing prompts of which they will select one. Then volunteers will come to the board and start to fill in a graphic organizer for one of the prompts with the help of the other students. This process will continue until several students have had an opportunity to come to the board and all three prompts have usable graphic organizers.
Accommodations:
 Students who may have a problem completing the assignment alone might sit with a peer tutor to work on the writing process and help with reading and spelling.
Checking For Understanding:
 The teacher will assess students during independent practice using a rubric which will show fluency, understanding of main concepts, usage of organizer, and confidence of writer. Students will be checked further by teacher reading final products.
Closure:
 Using the hacky sac toss method students will explain the steps taken to write and some of the difficulties and successes they found during the process. Difficulties will be written on board and the class will respond to these. The same will be done for the successes.
Evaluation:
 Students will keep a notebook of graphic organizers and essays written. As we progress in the writing and revising processes, it will be easy to see how the student is progressing. The notebook will also include notes, observations, and rubrics from the teacher. This constant observation will pinpoint areas of strength and weakness which can be addressed with each individual student.

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