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Rough Drafting an Essay, Color-Coded Practice (SpEd modified)

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Organization & Rough Drafting Practice

> A guide for struggling, beginner, or mid-level essay writers.
> A practice or re-fresher activity.
> Great for use until students get the gist of standard five paragraph essay layouts.
> Using the introduction paragraph provided as a guide, students write body paragraphs and a conclusion.
> There are two possible sentences plugged in for each line.

Best for middle school or struggling high school students.
Modified for SpEd
> Color-coding helps distinguish the different components of an essay
> Excellent for struggling students
> A modified activity - but great for all students
> SpEd departments will love this.
> The use of color to aid learning is very valuable to struggling students.
> Color coding, terminology coding, visually arranged with shapes.

Whole Class or Independent Activity
> Great whole class activity with the document projected on the whiteboard/wall as well - in addition to providing students a hard copy.
> Students can work independently as well. Projecting the doc on the whiteboard/wall is a useful guide while they work.

> GREAT for test prep
> A career-long resource
The following abbreviations are used in the doc:
THS = Thesis Sentence/Statement
SD = Supporting Detail
TS = Topic Sentence
> When rough drafting outlines, using these abbreviations can be useful until students are ready to write a final draft.

TIP: Provide every student a laminated copy of this to keep in writing folders.
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