Writing Classification Essays guides your students step by step through the process of selecting an interesting topic to explain, finding a focus, gathering details, writing a first draft, and revising and editing their work. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new writing strategies and skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
First students think about categories, using a table diagram to break a general topic into sub-categories on different levels. Then they read a sample classification paragraph and essay and write in response to them. Afterward, they start to write their own classification essays:
- Prewriting activities help students create a list of topics that can be broken into categories, select a topic and gather details about each category, and then create a focus statement.
- Writing activities help students write a beginning that grabs the reader's interest and introduces the focus statement, middle paragraphs that break the topic into categories and detail each, and an ending paragraph that wraps up the essay.
- Revising activities help students create paragraph unity and coherence and use a peer response and checklist to improve their essays.
- Editing activities help students check the usage in their essays and use a checklist to catch problems with punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their work and reflect on their classification writing.