Writing an expository essay sixth Grade Language Arts Portfolio Writing First Paragraph – Interest Catcher



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WRITING AN EXPOSITORY ESSAY

  • Sixth Grade Language Arts
  • Portfolio Writing

First Paragraph – Interest Catcher

  • Interest Catcher does just that – it “catches” the interest of your reader
  • You have three choices for an interest catcher:
  • 1. Question as an interest catcher
  • 2. Incident/Event as an interest catcher
  • 3. Quotation as an interest catcher
  • Question as an Interest Catcher:
  • Why would one young adult choose a chocolate covered, crème filled donut for breakfast while another chooses a bowl of rough-ground oatmeal topped with organic honey and blueberries?” I believe the reason rests with the lack of education on nutrition and with not having been introduced to healthy foods during early, formative years. Much eating pleasure and good health can be found eating nutritional foods. Among the strongest choices are blueberries, almonds, and salmon.

Incident/Event as an Interest Catcher

  • As I made my way to the front of the “All-You-Can
  • Eat” serving line, I could not help but notice the
  • amazing display of foods, all free for the taking.
  • Fried meats, rich desserts and creamy sauces called out
  • my name, but I yielded not to temptation. I
  • purposefully picked my way through the
  • “battlefield” and chose foods containing nutritious
  • ingredients including blueberries, almonds, and
  • salmon.

Quotation as an Interest Catcher

  • “These small things – nutrition, place, climate, recreation…are inconceivably more important than everything one has taken to be important so far.”
  • Friedrich Nictzche (1844-1900)
  • Even without the benefit of modern science and numerous nutritional
  • studies, Friedrich Nietzche realized the critical nature of nutrition to one’s
  • well-being. Today we have the clear proof of the value of good nutrition
  • and have easily accessibility to a variety of fantastically healthy foods.
  • Our problem should be in choosing which super foods to partake! After
  • much research, I have decided the three that best meet the needs of my
  • body and palate are blueberries, almonds, and salmon.

Interest Catcher Ends with “Bing, Bang, and Bongo”

  • In any expository/explanatory essay, “Bing, bang, and bongo” are replacement words that represent your three items you will justify in your essay. In this foods essay, they represent your three food choices. Blueberries (bing), almonds (bang), and salmon (bongo) IN INCREASING ORDER OR IMPORTANCE!
  • This is your THESIS STATEMENT and always appears at the end of your Interest Catcher (opening paragraph.)

Thesis Statements from 3 Interest Catchers

  • * “Much eating pleasure and good health can be found eating nutritional foods. Among the strongest choices are blueberries, almonds, and salmon.”
  • * “I purposefully picked my way through the
  • ‘battlefield’ and chose foods containing nutritious
  • ingredients including blueberries, almonds, and
  • salmon.”
  • * “After much research, I have decided the three that best meet the needs of my body and palate are blueberries, almonds, and salmon.”

“Bing, Bang, Bongo” Paragraphs

  • These three paragraphs make the body of your essay.
  • Each of these three paragraphs prove one element of your thesis statement.
  • Using your writing packet, please open to the exemplary paragraphs by sixth graders. We will analyze this paragraph using the Jane Shaffer Method using colored pens.

“Bing, Bang, Bongo” Paragraphs continued…

  • Be sure to include appropriate transitions for each section
  • Using your research, provide adequate information to prove your conclusion
  • Present research that we can understand and use

Conclusion Paragraph

  • Conclusion is a summary that restates “Bing, Bang, and Bongo)
  • Conclusion reiterates the value of each of your food choices.
  • Conclusion challenges the reader to make a change for the better.

Our Writing Plan – Rough Draft

  • Confirm your choices for “Bing, Bang, and Bongo” and make changes if needed
  • Analyze the amount of data you have and its relevance to this essay. Do you need to do more research to make your conclusion convincing?
  • Create a rough draft of your essay – in pencil, skipping lines
  • Participate in two peer-editing conferences using the sheet I provided
  • Revise as needed after your conferencing
  • Always see me if you have questions

Our Writing Plan – Final Copy

  • In black pen
  • On loose-leaf paper, only on the front
  • School heading, title “Expository Essay”
  • Margins, neatness, handwriting
  • Check your CUPS (capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling)
  • Rubric stapled on front
  • Listen to your own research and advice
  • EAT HEALTHY FOODS!

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