Welcome to HIT—How I Teach….In this episode, I bring you a super fun essay writing project of the 3 Paragraph Essay or the 5 Paragraph Essay variety! Yes, essay writing can be fun for students, especially when they learn how to write thesis statements, topic sentences, transition sentences, opening paragraphs, closing paragraphs and more!

I love to teach essay writing as it is a cross between story writing and research writing, so it captures the attention of students who fall in either of those two camps. This is especially so with a fun project like “three medieval castle objects I would like to be friends with”! (That makes me want to write this essay!)

I know I sound like a broken record (my kids often thought so as we raised kids here at home for thirty-five years—but they humored me!). But I hope that none of my teacher, parent, teaching parent readers are giving kids writing prompts without the skills. I hope we aren’t telling them to add an opening paragraph without teaching them how. I hope we aren’t assigning quotation inclusion without plenty of samples and training in quote writing.

Let’s give them the tools, expectations, skills, and time to be successful!

Okay…moving on…

I explain in this HIT episode how I use sample essays to teach from. These samples are some of my best teaching tools!

Rather than just learning what a thesis statement is, we can show them how it is incorporated and how to make it flow in your paper—with a full sample project.

Rather than just learning the importance of a topic and/or transition sentence for each body paragraph, we can show them clever ones and get their creative wheels turning—with a full sample project.

Rather than just telling them that quotes add credibility and substance to an essay, we can show them how to weave a quote in at various points of an essay—with a full sample project.

I hope you have as much fun with this episode as I do teaching it to kids—and as I did teaching it to you!

Of course, just like every lesson in my one-month downloadable books and my one-semester Meaningful Composition books, this one also has the invaluable sample essay. (It’s super cute!)

And for your convenience, How I Teach…. is available as a podcast (follow along in your TN sheets for that week) and a YouTube video (with Power Point containing the same as the TN)!

Note: This lesson came from Write for a Month With Beauty and the Beast, Level III, a month-long downloadable product!

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