Welcome back for the final installment of my series on teaching analytical writing. If you're new to the series, you can check out my series introduction, which provides some context, and the next three posts in which I explained how I break down the essay writing process to teach analytical paragraphs, thesis statements and topic sentences, … Continue reading Why Teach Analytical Writing?
Now that I’ve described the way I teach students to write the core of an essay (by constructing an essay skeleton and crafting TIQA paragraphs), I’m ready to discuss the last two essay elements: the introduction and conclusion. Yes, the introduction comes first, and when I write my own essays, I usually start with it. … Continue reading Teaching Analytical Writing: Introductions and Conclusions
Hi there! I’m back with the third installment of my series on teaching analytical writing. Last time, I explained the TIQA paragraph, which I see as the building block of an analytical essay, and described how I give students a lot of practice writing analytical paragraphs before moving onto essays. When it’s time to move … Continue reading Teaching Analytical Writing: Essay Skeletons
Ah, the analytical essay. Whether it’s five paragraphs or not, whether it’s called an essay or a paper or even a "theme," it’s pretty much the default major assignment in high school and even college English classes. Because I teach middle school, and because I work at an independent school, I have quite a bit … Continue reading Teaching Analytical Writing Series