Students’ age range: 12-14
Topic: Expository essay
1. Students where introduce to the topic by asking to share how an individual may go about making a cake or making a paper boat. They shared they responses openly.
2. The use of a PowerPoint presentation was used to give students information on the whole concept of expository essay.
3. A sample expository essay was mounted on the board for the students to examine and analyze each paragraph. For each of the paragraphs they will be required to identify the main idea.
4. Students were presented with the topic 'Exercise'. They were instructed to sit quietly and think about one question they would like to be answer from the topic. After a few seconds, they peered with the person closest to them and discussed the question they came with. They were given the option to merge their questions, choose the best question between them or come up with a new question altogether. Following the discussion different peers were selected to share with the class the question they came up with. Their responses were written on the board.
5. The class then decide on one question to be used as the key question to the topic. A thesis statement was developed form that chosen question and recorded on the board. From the thesis statement the students brainstorm three strong points to be discussed in the body paragraphs. The chosen points were written on the board.
6. The teacher and the students went through step by step in writing a expository essay together on the board.
7. The students were then given several other topics in which they choose on to write a expository essay in groups of three. They were encourage to discuss the topic and share their different ideas/information about the topic before they write the essay. The teacher went around form group to group to offer support and/or clarification to the students.