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There are many types of expository writing, and we are now collecting samples of any to post here at WritingFix. If you've taught your students to write comparison/contrast essays, cause/effect essays, lessons described in Gretchen Bernabei's awesome book of fresh ideas, or any expository writing assignment you've inspired a student do do his/her best, we want to feature that sample here on this page.
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Expository...How so? Students create an essay (in the form of a this i believe speech) after researching environmental issues related to oceans. This lesson could be used with other topics of research besides oceans.
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Establishing/Reviewing Academic Vocabulary: Another professional goal I have been working on lately is improving how I engage students in learning and using vocabulary words. The Common Core Standards documents are rife with academic vocabulary, and it's important to make sure your students have a handle on the "fancy" words that would help them in writing a critical analysis essay. By the way, if you've not yet used as a mentor text, add it to your list next year. The titular character in that series is very much into explaining her vocabulary words, and in her books she often says, "That's fancy way of saying [insert synonym here]." In class, we often (and you really have to use air quotes around the word fancy when having kids do this out loud in class) channel our inner Fancy Nancies and say, "Oh, that's a fancy way of saying [insert synonym here]" when the big words start coming out in our conversations about literature and writing.