Students will write an expository, a persuasive, a descriptive and a narrative essay using the four square writing method. The 4 Square Writing Method gives students a formula to utilize to help them feel more confident in their writing abilities. Class will be held through discussions, guided and independent practice and sharing of completed work. Students need to have a basic understanding of paragraph structure. Essays should be typed as it is easier to share those and give feedback. Homework can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours a week depending on the type of essay we are working on and the research required. Students are evaluated on their finished essays. Teacher feedback is given privately in writing each week in the teacher section. This is a learning process so perfection is not the goal as this concept is something that students need continuous practice with. I do offer a second part to this class as well:)
Weekly overview (order may change)
*Introduction of the 4 square method writing method
* Narrative Writing- Define it, look at examples, create outline and write our own (Homework)
*Descriptive Writing- Define it, look at examples, create outline and write our own (Homework), and share our narrative writing
*Expository Writing- Define it, look at examples, create outline and write our own (Homework) and share our descriptive writing
Persuasive Writing- Define it, look at examples, create outline and write our own (homework) and share out expository writing
Week 12: Share and discuss our persuasive writing, and small group activity if time allows
In my years of teaching I have had many struggling writers. Many times students hear the words “5 paragraph essay” and they freeze. I started using teaching my students the 4 square method to help them organize their thoughts and see how easy writing an essay can be.
Computer for research and essay typing, ability to print PDF documents and a Google Account is recommended to utilize Google Docs.
1 hour per class, and an estimated 2 – 4 hours per week outside of class.