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An effective method to guide students through the writing process

4 SQUARE WRITING

An effective method to guide students through the writing process.


Forms of composition

Forms of Composition

  • Expository

  • Narrative

  • Descriptive

  • Persuasive


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

Topic Sentence

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

Fold your paper into four squares. Begin with one well written topic sentence placed in a box in the center. This will become your topic sentence.


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

My grandmother threw me a surprise party.

My parents gave me a wonderful gift.

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

My friends and I went to the zoo.

I’ll always cherish my sixth one.

Add three supporting sentences (one in each box). The fourth box should be a feeling sentence that sums up the other three. All sentences should support the main topic in the center.


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

4 SQUARE + 1


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

My grandmother threw me a surprise party.

My parents gave me a wonderful gift.

  • favorite cake

  • golden retriever

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

My friends and I went to the zoo.

I’ll always cherish my sixth one.

  • elephant ride

Add a detail in each box to tell more about the supporting sentence.


From the graphic organizer to the lined paper

From the graphic organizer to the lined paper………..

I will never forget my sixth birthday. My grandmother threw me a surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake. My parents gave me a wonderful gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever puppy. My friends and I went to the zoo. We rode the elephants. I’ll always cherish my sixth one.


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

4 SQUARE + 3


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

My grandmother threw me a surprise party.

My parents gave me a wonderful gift.

  • favorite cake

  • tons of presents

  • exciting games

  • golden retriever

  • named Goldie

  • best friend

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

My friends and I went to the zoo.

I’ll always cherish my sixth one.

  • elephant ride

  • walked for miles

  • rode train

Now add three details in each box to tell more about the supporting sentence.


Again from the graphic organizer to the lined paper

Again from the graphic organizer to the lined paper………..

I will never forget my sixth birthday. My grandmother threw me a surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake. I got tons of presents. We had such fun playing exciting games.

My parents gave me a wonderful gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever puppy. I named her Goldie. She is my best friend today.

My friends and I went to the zoo. We rode the elephants. The zoo was so large we walked for miles. Finally we gave up and rode the train. I’ll always cherish my sixth one.


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

4 SQUARE + 3 + T


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

My grandmother threw me a surprise party.

Early in the day

My parents gave me a wonderful gift.

After lunch

  • favorite cake

  • tons of presents

  • exciting games

  • golden retriever

  • named Goldie

  • best friend

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

Of all my

birthdays,

Later

My friends and I went to the zoo.

I’ll always cherish my sixth one.

  • elephant ride

  • walked for miles

  • rode train

Adding a transition word to each box will help the text to flow.


4 square 3 t 5 paragraphs

I will never forget my sixth birthday.

Early in the day my grandmother threw me a surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake. I got tons of presents. We had such fun playing exciting games.

After lunch my parents gave me a wonderful gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever puppy. I named her Goldie. She is my best friend today.

Later my friends and I went to the zoo. We rode the elephants. The zoo was so large we walked for miles. Finally we gave up and rode the train.

Of all my birthdays, I’ll always cherish my sixth one.

4 Square + 3 +T = 5 Paragraphs


Improving the first paragraph introductory

Improving the first paragraph (introductory).


First paragraph introduction

First Paragraph (Introduction)

  • Topic Sentence

    • Center of 4 Square

  • Wrap-Up Sentence

    • Without Transition Word

  • Personal /Feeling Sentence


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

I will never forget my sixth birthday. The attention that I received from friends and family made me feel warm inside. It was a very special day for me.

On to the

essay…...


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

I will never forget my sixth birthday. The attention that I received from friends and family made me feel warm inside. It was a very special day for me.

Early in the day my grandmother threw me a surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake. I got tons of presents. We had such fun playing exciting games.

After lunch my parents gave me a wonderful gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever puppy. I named her Goldie. She is my best friend today.

Later my friends and I went to the zoo. We rode the elephants. The zoo was so large we walked for miles. Finally we gave up and rode the train.

Of all my birthdays, I’ll always cherish my sixth one.


Improving the final paragraph summary

Improving the Final Paragraph (summary)

  • Wrap-up Sentence with a Transition

  • Personal/Feeling Sentence, Question or Exclamation(closing with a punch!)


An effective method to guide students through the writing process

I will never forget my sixth birthday. The attention that I received from friends and family made me feel warm inside. It was a very special day for me.

Early in the day my grandmother threw me a surprise party. She baked my favorite chocolate fudge cake. I got tons of presents. We had such fun playing exciting games.

After lunch my parents gave me a wonderful gift. They surprised me with a golden retriever puppy. I named her Goldie. She is my best friend today.

Later my friends and I went to the zoo. We rode the elephants. The zoo was so large we walked for miles. Finally we gave up and rode the train.

Of all my birthdays, I’ll always cherish my sixth one. The wonderful surprises from my family and friends will stay with me forever.


From this basic format to

From this basic format to…...


Narrative

Narrative

  • Personal Narrative

    • Has one topic

    • Tells about the writer

    • Has beginning, middle, end

    • Uses words like I, me, my


Narrative1

Narrative

  • Story

    • Title

    • Character

    • Setting

    • Problem

    • Solution

    • Beginning

    • Middle

    • End


Persuasive

Persuasive

  • Tells writer’s feelings

  • Lists reasons

  • Asks readers to agree with the writer


Descriptive

Descriptive

  • Tells what someone or something is like

  • Paints a clear, vivid word picture

  • Uses sensory words

  • Uses powerful verbs


Next stop

Next stop….

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