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Writing informative essay in response to "The Diamond Necklace"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the text, "The Diamond Necklace." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an informational essay explaining what Mathilde values.

Lessons

  • Brainstorm ideas for writing using a bubble map

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a plan for your informative essay by brainstorming with a bubble map.

  • Draft an introductory paragraph

    In this lesson you will learn how to introduce a topic clearly by previewing what is to follow.

  • Draft body paragraphs

    In this lesson you will learn how to support your introduction by writing a well-crafted paragraph.

  • Draft a concluding statement

    In this lesson you will learn how to create an effective concluding statement by summarizing the main ideas and most important evidence.

  • Revise a draft to add in textual evidence

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a topic by using textual evidence to support a main idea.

  • Revise by varying sentence patterns

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise your essay by varying sentence patterns.

  • Revise by adding transition words

    In this lesson you will revise your informative essay by adding transition words to create a flow among ideas.

  • Revise for shifts in verb tense

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise an essay by correcting inappropriate shifts in verb tense.

Resources

  • The Diamond Necklace

    The Diamond Necklace. A short story by Guy de Maupassant. Published in 1894 in Le Gaulois.