The Writing Recipe: Essay Structure for ELLs

English Language Learners in Ms. Sackman's 8th grade class practice adapting a writing prompt into an essay introduction. As part of their introduction, they identify three main arguments, which will become the topics of their body paragraphs. Students write their introductions on large index cards to help them visualize the various parts of a multi-paragraph essay. To build student understanding, the teacher utilizes multiple languages and encourages students to help one another on the task.