Essay Writing Unit Plan

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

The skills involved in writing an essay can make for a very complicated unit that can be daunting for a teacher to design. This lesson provides teachers with an outline for teaching an essay writing unit.

Essay Writing Unit

This unit plan takes you through the basic steps for planning a unit on essay writing. The stages of writing (brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) as well as other important writing concepts such as paragraph structure, thesis statements, proofreading and citing evidence will be discussed throughout this unit.

Pre-Assessment

Before you can get into the meat of an essay writing unit, you need to determine which skills your students have already accomplished and which ones need more development. What are your students' strengths and weaknesses in writing? Which skills need some practice?

Begin with discussions about various writing concepts. Include the following discussion questions.

  • What is the purpose of a thesis statement?
  • How can you make a weak thesis statement stronger?
  • How do you structure a paragraph?
  • What is the difference between revising and editing?
  • Name the stages of the writing process and give the purpose for each one.

Use the observations you note in those discussions to focus the main lessons for the rest of your unit. Additionally, have your students do practice writing activities. Here are some options to get your students involved in various writing activities.

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