Welcome to the space "Write an Exposition"!

Students can use this space to learn about writing an exposition, a form of persuasive writing. First Steps Writing suggests that teachers immerse students in the form of writing (read persuasive writing), do problem solving activities to learn the structure of the form, model writing and provide opportunities for students to write in the form before independent writing occurs. I just taught students about exposition writing and it took three weeks to get through all of the above. Students are just finishing guided writing assignments. Next week, they will begin their project which involves independent writing. These pages are best viewed in the following order.

Immerse in the Form - This page has several examples of persuasive text related to television violence. After reading the selections, think about why the authors wrote the piece. Check out the discussion pages of two grade 8 classes about authors purpose.

Sample Exposition - This page links to several different forms of persuasive writing. Again think of authors purpose and intended audience. There are pictures of the anchor chart made by our class.

Explore Text Features - Through several problem solving activities and a multimedia presentation, students can explore the structure of persuasive writing.

Review the Writing Process - The author of this slideshow compares the writing process with air travel. It is a good review of the writing process.

Prewriting - This page explains the prewriting part of the process. Links to graphic organizers are helpful for planning writing.

Drafting - A multimedia presentation takes the viewer through the process of drafting a piece of writing. Suggestions are given for the introduction, body and conclusion.

Revise - This page contains a revision checklist. Please feel free to add mini lessons to this page.

Edit - This page contains an editing checklist. Please feel free to add mini lessons for editing exposition to this page.

Publish - Watch for student written expositions to be posted here.

Six Trait Writing - Review the slideshow and visit sites to help you understand the six writing traits.

Project - This page has some suggested projects along with rubrics for evaluation. After completing the activities in the previous pages, students will successfully write an exposition. There are also project choices for the representing part of the Saskatchewan Middle Years Curriculum.

As an educator, I think that spaces such as this have enormous potential for teacher collaboration. Together, teachers can collaborate to create online lessons and units for their students. Feel free to share your ideas on the discussion pages of each page.