Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: The Informational Essay (Day 3)

Writing an Informational Essay: The Body Paragraphs  Today we continue working on our informational essays as part of the District Writing Performance Task. Our focus now is on developing strong body paragraphs. If you think of an essay like a hamburger, the introductory and conclusion paragraphs are the buns that hold the whole thing together, while the body paragraphs make up the actual content of the burger. The body paragraphs are the meat of the essay.  

You have already provided your reader with a preview of the content of your body paragraphs in the thesis statement of your introductory paragraph. 

The first component of a body paragraph is the topic sentence which tells your reader what your paragraph will be about. If you're writing a multi-paragraph essay, you may also want to include a transition word or phrase at the beginning of each body paragraph's topic sentence (e.g, To Begin, Secondly, Finally). 

Next, the supporting sentences of the body paragraph come after the topic sentence and essentially support and develop the main idea of the paragraph. The supporting sentences should include examples, evidence, and elaboration on the topic of the paragraph. 

Now that you hopefully have a better idea about the structure of an essay's body paragraphs, it's time to start developing your own. Please open the document Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay) and get to work. 

(1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will also publish tomorrow, Friday, December 5.