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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teaching the 5 paragraph Essay

Learning how to write a five paragraph essay can be challenging and mastering the required steps can be both perplexing and taxing.  However, mapping the expectations behind a great essay can make the writing process both mindful and easy!

Involve Your Students in the Creative Process:
I often help my students to develop their writing by teaching them to document the metacognitive skills required and helping them to create their own graphic organizers or manuals that break down the process, sentence by sentence.  Additionally, I have found that when students participate in this creative, mindful process, they are more committed as well as likely to use and share the resources.

Prezi Is A Wonderful Online Tool that Helps Make The Process Fun and Memorable:
Students tend to be computer savvy, and many love to learn about the new technologies that make learning both memorable and enjoyable.  Prezi is an online site that allows students to create engaging presentations at no cost!  They offer some wonderful templates, or students can create their own.  It's easy to learn, and whenever help is needed, there are quick and simple videos to address questions.  In fact, I used Prezi to create a sample 5 Paragraph template that students and teachers can use.

Here is a link to my Free Five Paragraph Essay on Prezi.  Just click on the image below to view it:

I hope you find this helpful.  I would love to hear your thoughts!!

Cheers, Erica
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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