Writing Evaluation Essays leads your students step by step through creating an essay that shows the value or worth of something. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new writing and evaluation skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students warm up their thinking by studying and evaluating an ad, and then creating an ad of their own. Then they read a sample evaluation paragraph and essay and write in response to them. Afterward, they are ready to write their own evaluation essays:
- Prewriting activities help students think about topic ideas, select a topic, gather reasons to support their position, and create a gathering grid of details to elaborate their reasons.
- Writing activities help students write a beginning that grabs the reader's interest and leads to the opinion statement. Students develop middle paragraphs that provide reasons to support the opinion along with factual details that elaborate the reasons. They create an ending paragraph that revisits the opinion.
- Revising activities help students evaluate the strength of their reasons, organize reasons in order of importance, get a peer review, and use a checklist to revise.
- Editing activities help students fix rambling sentences and ensure pronoun-antecedent agreement. An editing checklist helps students check for common errors.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their work and reflect on their evaluations.