Good Topic Sentences. Remove the question option for STAAR (my English teacher colleagues say kids get penalized because it is 'weak' for 8-12 graders to do this), and you have a totally awesome anchor for Expository writing.
As an editor of the high school newspaper, the editor-in-chief of the high school literary magazine, and a college journalism major, I have clearly always been someone who doesn’t mind writing a research paper or an essay. In fact, I welcomed these assignments when I was still in school. I would pick a 10-page essay over a math test literally any day of the week. I’m a fast writer and I managed to get good grades on my papers even when I admittedly didn’t try very hard.
Great Blog! This blog does not just whine, but it also offers a solution. So if common core isn't necessarily in support of 5 paragraph essays, how will the writing FCAT fare? Just another reason why our writing test needs to be "revised" if you will. If You Teach or Write 5-Paragraph Essays--Stop It!
Thesis Statement Graphic Organizer - This is a great graphic organizer that teachers could hand out to help students with writing a thesis statement. I chose this document because I can see myself using it in my own classroom. I like how the template helps the students break down the different components.