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Writing an explanatory essay in response to "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep"

In this sequence of process-based writing lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an explanatory essay that compares the mythology and science of the giant squid. The lessons lean heavily on insights from a close reading of "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep," an article from http://www.smithsonian.com This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the text, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an explanatory essay that compares the mythology and science of the giant squid.

Lessons

  • Select content for an essay

    In this lesson, you will learn to effectively select content by considering the purpose and audience of your essay. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Choose significant and appropriate evidence

    In this lesson, you will learn how to develop a topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant evidence appropriate to the audience’s knowledge. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Create an outline with quotations and paraphrasing

    In this lesson, you will learn how to organize and support complex ideas by creating an outline with specific quotations and paraphrasing from the text to clarify points. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from htt...

  • Introduce your essay by narrowing the focus

    In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce your essay by narrowing the focus from a broad topic to the central idea. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Create cohesion by using transitions

    In this lesson, you will learn how to create cohesion in writing by drafting body paragraphs with effective transitions. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Conclude an essay by articulating implications

    In this lesson, you will learn how to conclude your essay by articulating the implications of the information provided. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Revise for objective tone

    In this lesson, you will learn how to revise for objective tone by eliminating first person pronouns or opinions.

  • Clarify understanding by using precise language

    In this lesson, you will learn how to clarify understanding about a complex topic by using precise language. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep" from http://www.smithsonian.com

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