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This posting page is for teacher-users who are using our Expository Writing Resource Page, which is inspired by the Gretchen Bernabei's awesome book of lesson ideas, Reviving the Essay: How to Teach Structure without Formula.
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I use this graphic organizer with students to discuss potential expository essays that feature the Quote Analysis. Here I have students first work by themselves to chart a brief note about a personal and outside experience that relate to the universal theme listed. I explain that they should find an example that they learned something about.....(example: Friendship). What was the event? What did it teach them? They do not have to write out the whole story, just jot down a few notes to remind them of the story so they are prepared to share it with others. Then, I have them work in small groups to share their responses. This way, if they couldn't think of an outside or personal connection related to the topic, then perhaps someone else's connections will spark a connection for them. While, I obviously can't prepare them for every possible topic/quote that could be presented on a standardized test, this gets them analyzing their experiences that engaging in creating connections which may help them when it comes time to complete this sort of task extemporaneously.