** The pages numbers are listed in the lower right corner of each page in itty bitty font. **
Have your student, if s/he has not already done so, write his/her name on the front. Have them wait to write a title until after s/he finishes his/her essay.
Encourage your student to record important content-related vocabulary and the facts and supporting details s/he will include in the essay.
We discussed in class, but review with your student the Interesting Leads and Strong Closings section. Remind your student that while capitalization and punctuation are important, s/he does not need to spend much time perfecting these aspects when writing the first draft. S/he will have the opportunity to refine his/her work during the revising and editing phases.
Encourage your student to mark the boxes on the checklist as s/he adds each point to the informative essay in a logical and sequential order. I will be using a copy of this page as a guide when I am grading the final essay.
Pages 5 and 6
These pages provide your student with guidelines to ensure that they address all aspects of an informative text. Remind your student to complete the sections of the organizer in single words or phrases. The ideas recorded on these pages will be fleshed out as your student writes his/her rough draft.
Remind your student that this is only the rough draft version of his/her informative essay and that s/he will have future opportunities to revise and refine his/her work. Encourage your student to refer to pages 5-6 of the organizer as s/he writes the rough draft. If your student needs additional pages to write on, s/he may attach lined paper as necessary.
Go over the checklist with your student as s/he works through each step of the writing process.
** Your student has been instructed to come to the LC next week with a rough draft and with pages 5 and 6 filled in.