Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Five-Paragraph Essay, and addresses standards about developing an organized piece of writing with a clear thesis, relevant details, and a concluding statement. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

As a class, or individually, have students read Tim’s model essay, The Case For a Longer School Year. Ask:

  • What argument is Tim making in his essay?
  • What are his reasons or evidence for his argument?
  • Is Tim’s argument persuasive? Why or why not?
  • What is the purpose of the first paragraph? middle paragraphs? Last paragraph?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about writing five-paragraph essays while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie where you present a persuasive argument that follows the format of a five-paragraph essay. (Essential Literacy Skill: Draw evidence to support analysis)
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map that shows the features of each paragraph in a five-paragraph essay. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that shows the benefits of using the five-paragraph essay format. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from specific details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete a Graphic Organizer, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Five-Paragraph Essay Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of the writing process with these topics: Types of Writing, Writing in Sequence, Research, and Outlines

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