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Guided Expository Essay

January
Topic: New Years Resolution

Grades 3-5

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January Guided Expository Essay


Topic: New Years Resolution
This package includes the following:

Notes for the Teacher

Sample Guided Essay Format Pages

Hook Your Reader

Blank Guided Essay Format pages

Blank Final Draft Essay pages

4-Paragraph Expository Essay Graphic Organizer

January Acrostic Poem

Sample Essay

Publishing Ideas

Scoring Rubrics for Grades 3 and 4, aligned with CCSS

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January Guided Expository Essay


Notes for the Teacher
Where do I begin to teach Expository Essay writing using the guided approach?

I start by reading the prompt aloud to my students and give them time to discuss possible answers with their peers.
I encourage them to jot down 2-3 ideas. Then, we come back together as a group and I list all of their ideas on chart
paper or the Smart Board.

After brainstorming ideas as a class, I have students vote on the two ideas they feel will be the best to write about
(this will take some time in the beginning, as many writers new to this style of writing will not know what is
best). After taking class votes, we fill in the first graphic organizer with the topic and 2 supporting details.

(Supporting Detail)
Flowers boom

(Topic)
New Years Resolution

(Supporting Detail)
Playing outside

How do I fill in the Introduction Guided Page with students?

After filling in the graphic organizer, begin with the introduction. Have an open discussion with students about the best
way to begin this type of essay.. I have students refer to the Hook Your Reader page. After brainstorming ideas, we
choose the one we like to best and fill it in.

Because the topic sentence is already filled in, I refer to what the Topic Sentence is and why we write one it must
align with the prompt.

We move on to the sentence with 2 supporting details and fill in the two ideas we chose as a class.

The last sentence in the introduction is the closing sentence. I tell students this should be a sentence that leads into the
body paragraphs and ties back to the topic sentence. I have students share ideas and we choose one idea (or a
combination of students ideas) to fill in on the Guided Introduction Page.

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January Guided Expository Essay


Notes for the Teacher
How do I fill in the Body Paragraphs Guided Page with students?

To begin the body paragraphs, I teach students to begin the first sentence with a transition or a transitional phrase. I
have students refer to the Types of Transitions page. When they begin to get the hang of transitions, I allow them
to change the transition on the guided page if they want to.

Following the transition, is a sentence that includes the first supporting detail that responds to the prompt. To begin
with, I promise to make this year better by eating healthier because I will feel better.

Next, is a sentence defining the supporting detail. Depending on the prompt, and supporting detail, this is either a
definition by student terms, or a dictionary definition. As a class, we will brainstorm possible definitions and fill in
this part of the organizer together.

The next sentence is an example of the definition. An example can be an experience or a connection to the supporting
detail. As a class, we will brainstorm examples (and because not all students will have the same examples, I will
combine examples for one sentence), and then fill in this part of the organizer together.

To end the body paragraph, students will add a closing sentence. This sentence will be a final thought with voice about
the supporting detail. As a class, we will brainstorm closing sentences and fill in this part of the organizer together.

How do I fill in the Conclusion paragraph on the Guided Page with students?

Because the introduction and conclusion paragraphs are so similar, I have them on the same page. I remind students
about beginning with a transition at the beginning of the first sentence in the paragraph. We discuss which transitions
are appropriate when ending an essay. After the transition, we restate the topic sentence.

The following sentence restates the topic with the 2 supporting details we wrote about.

The final sentence in the conclusion is a final thought with voice. We discuss ways to end the essay together and fill in
this sentence on the organizer together.
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Notes for the Teacher
What do we do after the Guided Pages are complete?

After completing the Guided Pages, we complete the Final Draft Pages as a class. We begin with the introduction,
writing each sentence word by word, with attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling. I write sentence by sentence
on the Smart Board or chart paper so students con see how to properly indent and space words. (The more practice
they have, the less time this will take as the year goes on).

Using the Publishing Ideas page, you can choose the best way to publish student writing. I love to display these essays
with artwork!

Whats next?

As students become more comfortable with the style of expository writing, you can place the guided prompts at your
Write to Read Center and use Writers Workshop time to conference with students about what theyve written. I like to
use the Writers Workshop time to focus on incorporating better word choice, more elaboration, and adding voice.

To move students to more independent writing, introduce the Expository Writing Graphic Organizer. As students
become more comfortable, they will need less support with organization so you can focus on the other 5 Traits of
writing!

As students become more comfortable with the format of expository writing, you can also move them from a
4-paragraph essay with 2 supporting details, to a 5-paragraph essay with 3 supporting details.

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My New Years Resolution Expository Essay


My New Years Resolution (Introduction)
A New Years resolution is a goal someone sets when a new year begins.
Think about something youd like to change for yourself in the new year.
Write an expository essay explaining why your New Years resolution will help you in the
new year.

(Grabber) 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.HAPPY NEW YEAR! There are many New Years


resolutions people can set for themselves. My New Years resolution is
to eat healthier because I will feel better and I will do better in school.
(Closing) This is a time to celebrate and a time to make changes. I cant
wait to get started!

New Years Resolution (Conclusion)


Restate your Introduction including your topic sentence, 2 supporting details sentence and
a closing thought.

In conclusion, many people set New Years resolutions. My New


Years resolution is to eat healthier because I will feel better, and I will
do better in school. The new year is a time to reflect on our past and
set goals for our future. I have set my goal and plan to stick to it. Have
you set a goal for yourself this new year?

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New Years Resolution (Body)

To begin with, I promise to make this year better by eating


healthier because I will feel better. This means, I will eat a variety of
fruits and vegetables that will fill my body with vitamins and minerals to
give me more energy. For example, the energy I will have from consuming more natural vitamins and minerals, will increase my cardiovascular
health making me faster in sports! (Closing) Just to make sure I get all of
the delicious fruits and vegetables I need to make me feel better, I think
Ill go grocery shopping with my mom this week.

My New Years Resolution (Body)

Also, I promise to eat healthier this new year because I will


perform better in school. Doing better in school means listening to my
teacher, participating in group activities, doing my homework, and
having a positive attitude with my peers. For example, all of the
nutrients in my body will provide me with energy I need to focus on
learning what my teacher teaches me in school, but also exploring
topics Im interested in learning for myself. (Closing) Doing better in
school is important for my future, so I better eat the apple and carrots
in my lunch today!
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My New Years Resolution


By Mrs. Socaciu
5, 4, 3, 2, 1.HAPPY NEW YEAR! There are many New Years resolutions
people can set for themselves. My New Years resolution is to eat healthier
because I will feel better, and I will do better in school. This is a time to celebrate
and a time to make changes. I cant wait to get started!
To begin with, I promise to make this year better by eating healthier because I will feel better. This means, I will eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that
will fill my body with vitamins and minerals to give me more energy. For example,
the energy I will have from consuming more natural vitamins and minerals, will
increase my cardiovascular health making me faster in sports! Just to make sure I
get all of the delicious fruits and vegetables I need to make me feel better, I think
Ill go grocery shopping with my mom this week.
Also, I promise to eat healthier this new year because I will perform better
in school. Doing better in school means listening to my teacher, participating in
group activities, doing my homework, and having a positive attitude with my
peers. For example, all of the nutrients in my body will provide me with the
energy I need to focus on learning what my teacher teaches me in school, but also
exploring topics Im interested in learning for myself. Doing better in school is
important for my future, so I better eat the apple and carrots in my lunch today!
In conclusion, many people set New Years resolutions. My New Years
resolution is to eat healthier because I will feel better, and I will do better in
school. The New Year is a time to reflect on our past and set goals for our future.
I have set my goal and plan to stick to it. Have you set a goal for yourself this New
Year?

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Hook Your Reader!


Get their attention right from the start!
Question

Dialogue

Write a question that will create a picture in the

Two or more people speaking.

readers mind, beginning with the words, who, what

Example:

when, where, why, or how.

Patient: Doctor, I have a problem. I can't remember anything.

Example:

Doctor: How long have you had this problem?

When was the last time you thought about misfortune?

Patient: What problem?

Interjection

ONOMATOPOEIA

Interjections express emotions.

Onomatopoeia is a word that makes sound.

Example:

Example:

Help! I MUST find the answer before 3:21 this afternoon!

Moooo! exclaimed the pet hamster living in the wall.

Quote

Startling Statistic

Something someone, or something, said in a book,

Statistics show relationships with numbers. A startling

movie, or TV show.
Example:
I'm looking forward to influencing others in a positive
way. My message is you can do anything if you just

statistic is surprising and relates to your topic.


Example:
The average child spends 1,680 minutes watching
television each week.

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My New Years Resolution Expository Essay


My New Years Resolution
Brainstorm things you wish to improve upon or change about yourself of for
yourself this year.
Record your reasons below.

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My New Years Resolution


Complete the Graphic Organizer:

Supporting Detail:

RectangleTopic

Ovals2 Supporting Details

Topic:

Supporting Detail:

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Name____________________________

My New Years Resolution Expository Essay


My New Years Resolution (Introduction)
A New Years resolution is a goal someone sets when a new year begins.
Think about something youd like to change for yourself in the new year.
Write an expository essay explaining why your New Years resolution will help you in the
new year.
(Grabber)___________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________.
There are many New Years resolutions people can set for themselves. My New Years
resolution is ________________________________________________ because
____________________________________ and __________________________________.
(Closing) ___________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________.

New Years Resolution (Conclusion)


Restate your Introduction including your topic sentence, 2 supporting details sentence and
a closing thought.

In conclusion, many people set New Years resolutions. My New Years


resolution is ________________________________________________because
______________________________and________________________________.
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
The new year is a time to reflect on our past and set goals for our future. I have
set my goal and plan to stick to it. Have you set your goal for this new year?

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New Years Resolution (Body)


To begin with, ________________________________ because
_________________________________. This means______________________
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_________________________________________________________________.
For example, ______________________________________________________
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(Closing)__________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________.

My New Years Resolution (Body)


Also, _______________________________________________because
_______________________________________. This means ________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________.
For example, ______________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________.
(Closing)__________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________.

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Name____________________________

New Years Resolution


4-paragraph Expository Essay Graphic Organizer
Hook _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Topic Sentence _________________________________________________________________________________________
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Sentence with 2 Supporting Details_________________________________________________________________________
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Closing________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sentence with 1st SD ______________________

Sentence with 2nd SD _____________________

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Define SD _______________________________

Define SD _______________________________

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Example of SD ___________________________

Example of SD ___________________________

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Closing _________________________________

Closing _________________________________

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Restate Topic Sentence __________________________________________________________________________________


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Sentence with 2 Supporting Details_________________________________________________________________________
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Closing________________________________________________________________________________________________

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My New Years Resolution


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Publishing Ideas

Hang final essays with acrostic poems as a bulletin board.

Students can roll up their final essays and place them in a Pringles

can with a lid, decorate the outside of the can, and store it
somewhere safe until the end of the year. They can read their
resolutions at the end of the school year to see how they are
coming along with their resolutions. They could even write a
reflection at the end of the school year about their progress with
their resolutions and what they might do to attain their goals, if
they havent yet met their goals.
Students can type their final drafts to place in Writing Portfolios.

Cut cardstock into fourths and bind mini books for students to
write their final drafts in.

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New Years Resolution


3rd Grade Scoring Rubric
Exceeds4

Proficient3

Basic2

Below Basic1

Applies knowledge
independently,
thoroughly, and
consistently.

Beginning to apply
knowledge independently.
Demonstrates an
understanding of
concept.

Reinforcement and
support are needed to
complete task, with a
limited understanding of
concept.

Frequent
reinforcement and
support are needed to
complete the task, due to
lack of understanding of
concept.

Write informative/explanatory texts to


examine a topic

Introduce a topic and group related information


together
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and
details
Use linking words and phrases to connect ideas

Provide a concluding statement

Language
Demonstrate command of English grammar
when writing
Demonstrate capitalization, punctuation, and
spelling when writing
Use language and conventions when writing

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New Years Resolution


4th Grade Scoring Rubric
Exceeds4

Proficient3

Basic2

Below Basic1

Applies knowledge
independently,
thoroughly, and
consistently.

Beginning to apply
knowledge independently.
Demonstrates an
understanding of
concept.

Reinforcement and
support are needed to
complete task, with a
limited understanding of
concept.

Frequent
reinforcement and
support are needed to
complete the task, due to
lack of understanding of
concept.

Write informative/explanatory texts to


convey ideas and information

Introduce a topic and group related information


into in paragraphs and sections
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, details,
quotations, and examples
Link ideas within categories of information using
words and phrases
Use precise language and specific vocabulary
about the topic
Provide a concluding statement related to the
information presented

Language
Demonstrate command of English grammar
when writing
Demonstrate capitalization, punctuation, and
spelling when writing
Use language and conventions when writing

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