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Essay Writing

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Handout
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

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An exploration of the five types of essays, with examples and topics.

  • Expository.
  • Descriptive.
  • Narrative.
  • Compare-&-Contrast.
  • Persuasive/argumentative.

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Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

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