Thank you for your interest in Mapping Essays with Templates: The Personal Narrative or Memoir from ELA in Middle School! We developed this new format template for writing essays to replace our old essay writing line, and we feel it has been greatly improved! Additionally, it is in a digital format that can be used for remote or distance learning, or printed for in-person, in-class teaching! Also, it is editable for you to add your own essay!
If you ask students what their least favorite part of an ELA class is, they will usually tell you that it is writing essays. So, I developed our Mapping Essays with Templates line to provide our student writers with a set of roadmaps to guide their journey as they become proficient essayists. While it is primarily designed for the Middle School writer, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to do a test run with some gifted and talented students in the 4th and 5th grades, and they assured us that they were able to follow along without trouble, so it can easily be used with Elementary students as well as struggling High School writers.
Included in this resource:
- Two Versions of the Mapping Essays with Templates PDFs –
- One with a completed Teacher/Master Essay Example
- One editable for you to create your own Master Essay
- Both are fully Digital and Fillable for use with on-line learning platforms such as Google Classroom
- PDFs are ready for printing as well, so you can either upload to your school platform for distance or remote learning, or you can print and go for in-person classroom teaching!
- Teachers Notes for implementation
Each of the different Mapping Essays with Templates begins with the WHY. Specifically, why are we using this format and writing package? After all, handing a student a 12-page packet, or having them open a 12-page fillable PDF, seems very intimidating! So, when they understand that a lot of the information in the packet is designed to DEMONSTRATE to them how to create an essay, it alleviates a lot of the concern!
This Template, for writing Personal Narratives or Essays, is broken into three major sections: outlining and preparation; writing a first draft; and then writing a completed and (hopefully) polished essay. The outlining and preparation section begins with a quick analysis of a sample writing prompt, a take on one that our students see all too often, but that they still struggle with. We do a fast analysis of what the sample prompt is asking for, then space is provided for the student to write/enter the prompt you have given them and instructions for how to analyze it. This is a great chance for an “I do, We do” lesson if you are doing this in person or in an online meeting format such as Zoom or Google Meets! We then walk through how to create a fast and simple outline for an essay.
The second major section is on the actual writing of a first draft. As I explain what goes into each paragraph, I demonstrate by writing a personal narrative/memoir of my own that answers the prompt. This is a REAL essay that I am writing as I walk the students through the process! In addition to sharing my experience with the students (which makes a connection to them), I also analyze in the first paragraph a successful buried hook, and WHY I choose to use this. In the body paragraphs we look at sensory details, and also natural transitions to move their writing from formulaic writing patterns on “First, second, then, next, finally” transitions. There is nothing wrong with using those formula transitions, but let’s be honest – our kids can do better!
Finally, I trick them. The last three pages are for the students to rewrite their essays, allegedly to “get rid of what I did” and they can turn it in. This is a perfect opportunity for you to have them edit and revise, or peer edit for revisions! Feel free to grab our FREE editing and revising checklists for this!
Thank you again for your purchase of this resource, and for your trust in ELA in Middle School to provide you and your student-scholars with quality resources that work! Please be sure to leave feedback at our store, and to let your friends and colleagues know how well this resource worked for you and your student-scholars!
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ELA in Middle School proudly uses a toon from Ron Lieshman’s Digital Toonage “Teens” collection on the cover!
Aligned to TEKS: 7.14, 7.18, 8.14, 8.18 (sections A and B for each)
And Adopted 2017 Standards (in effect 2019): Strand 6, 110.23 and 110.24 inclusive
: ELA.Literacy.W.7.3; ELA.Literacy.W.7.10; ELA.Literacy.W.8.3; ELA.Literacy.W.8.10.
This lesson is appropriate for grades 4-10.
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