Topic: Writing Topic Sentences
CLI Strategy: Artifact
Subject: ELA – Expository Writing
Grade: Upper Elementary/Middle
Students will be able to: Use a group of commonly themed images to identify and create topic sentences for an expository essay.
- Find a series of commonly themed images to represent big ideas in an essay. (Example Images) Put images together in an envelope. One set of images for each group of students.
- Modeling: Introduce envelope to students with a sense of curiosity. Pull out and look at first image with whole class on projector.
- Ask questions to promote critical thinking:
- What’s going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you think that?
- What makes a good topic sentence?
- If this were a paragraph in an essay, what might be the topic sentence?
- Hand out envelopes with images to each group. Ask groups to arrange photos as if they were an essay.
- Groups write a topic sentence for each picture. The sentence for the first picture should be a thesis or hook and sentence for last picture should be a conclusion sentence.
- Have groups share out how they arranged photos and topic sentences.
- What did you notice as your were arranging photos?
- What was your process for arranging and writing topic sentences?
- What strategies can we use when writing topic sentences for STAAR?