The Hamburger Writing Model. Mr. Gurian Osceola Middle School. Objective. Students will write persuasive, expository, and narrative pieces containing the five parts of the hamburger model. Beginning First focused idea Second focused idea Third focused idea Ending.
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Osceola Middle School
Start with a “GRABBER”
A “grabber” is a curiosity-stirring sentence to catch our attention
at the beginning and make us want to read the rest of the story.
Mystery Statement: I was eleven when I found the magic key…
Shocking Statement: I’ll never forget the day my tongue turned…
Humorous Statement: I didn’t mean to drive my teacher crazy…
Onomatopoeia: Crash! I knew I was in trouble as soon as I heard…
Dialogue: “Why are you eating a tarantula?” my little sister asked.
Rhetorical Question: Don’t you think every boy or girl deserves… ?
Main body of your paper
Expository or Persuasive: Three paragraphs to explain more
Narrative: Three paragraphs to move you through the adventure
Patty #1 = first focus point
Patty #2 = second focus point
Patty #3 = third focus point
Each paragraph is a SUPER BURGER:
tomatoes, pickles, etc.
(a mini-movie, dialogue, similes, emotional feelings, sensory details,
Build a 2nd SUPER BURGER
tomatoes, pickles, etc. to add “pizzazz”
Build a 3rd SUPER BURGER
“Show, Don’t Tell” –
Describe something for your reader
instead of telling them something.
Conclude with a “Takeaway Ending”
A “takeaway ending” is one or two sentences that tell the reader
what the main character learned, or how his life has changed.
Never Forget: I’ll never forget this place as long as I live…
Be careful: My close call with a giant alligator taught me…
Now I know: I learned my lesson. I’ll never drive my teacher crazy…
Onomatopoeia: Crash! “This can’t be happening again,” I thought as I ran out of the park. This time I wouldn’t be crazy enough to…
Dialogue: “My life will never be the same!” I thought as I snuggled
with my brown-eyed puppy and thought about grandpa.
Answer the Rhetorical Question: I hope you’ll agree…
Now let’s get writing a “juicy” delicious triple hamburger essay!!