Copyright

Coherence in Writing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students how to make their writing more coherent with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, do guided and independent writing activities, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what it means to have coherent writing
  • define parallel structure
  • describe transitional devices
  • explain how point-of-view is important to coherent writing

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Coherence
  • Parallel structure
  • Transitional devices
  • Point of view

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Share the sample piece with students and ask them to read silently.
  • After reading, ask students:
    • What did you think of this piece of writing?
  • Allow students to share their ideas with a partner, then discuss as a whole class.
    • How did it feel to read the piece? Choppy? Difficult?
  • Now tell students to go back and underline the parts that feel choppy or difficult to read. Ask:
    • What can we do to make this piece more enjoyable?
  • Share answers as a whole class, then set aside for later.

Direct Instruction

  • Start the video lesson Coherence in Writing: Definition & Examples and pause at 0:45.
  • Define 'coherence' and ask students to share experiences with how they struggle to make their own writing coherent.
  • Restart the video lesson and pause at the following times:
    • 1:30
    • 2:50
    • 5:57
  • After watching each section, have students work with a partner in their sample text to add in elements as explained in the lesson. For example, what transitional words can they use to make paragraphs more coherent?
  • Share answers after each section and ask:
    • How do these changes make the reading different?
  • Instruct students to work with their partners to rewrite the piece using their new coherence strategies.
  • Now have groups re-read their work and discuss how the changes they made impacted the piece.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson and take the quiz together. Reteach and review as necessary.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support