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Training Set One/ Middle Years - Grades 6 through 9) / The Nocturnals

Training Set One/ Middle Years - Grades 6 through 9) / The Nocturnals

Training Set One/ Middle Years - Grades 6 through 9) / The Nocturnals

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essaypop

Jan 26, 2023

Jan 26, 2023

15 minutes

15 minutes

These four lessons will provide you and your students with a solid foundation for learning the essaypop writing platform.

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Let's Get Started!

Before you take essaypop out “into the wild”, we would urge you first guide your students through these four lessons that will allow everybody to try out many of the features that essaypop has to offer.

If you have not yet created your classes or onboarded your students, it would be best to take care of this now. Here's a link to an article that shows you how.

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We start things simple with a quickwrite, then move into a structured, but simple, paragraphing activity. We then move into a second quickwrite (this one will be a timed writing), then culminate with a short response essay. Please carefully follow the instructions for each lesson so that you and your students don’t miss out on the opportunity to use all of the cool features that essaypop has to offer. Each lesson is also accompanied by a video and other resources that guide you through the activities.

Thematically, these four lessons all revolve around nocturnal motifs and have to do with things that go bump in the night. It is a very enjoyable set of activities that you and your students will find compelling. Let's jump right in!

Lesson 1 / Quickwrite 1 / Fear of the Dark

In this lesson, students rate their fear of the dark on a scale of 1 through 10 and then explain that rating. Students will write in a single frame as they write. They will then interact in the collaborative Hive environment. Using the assessment tool, the teacher will assign a holistic, rubric-based score for each student. The rubric categories are the use of evidence, the quality of analysis, organization, and/or grammar and mechanics.

Features to Focus on (click the links to learn more about these features)

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Take a minute to watch this video with your students as it provides a great overview of how the Hive works.

Learn about the Hive

Lesson 2 / Write a Simple Paragraph Analyzing a Poem

In this lesson, students will read and analyze Randall Jarrell’s poem, “Bird of Night”. Feel free to read, present, and discuss the literature with your students as you normally would. When students are ready to write, they will first complete a prewriting activity and answer several guiding questions using the Post-it-style brainstorming tool.

They will then write their simple paragraphs by composing a claim, presenting evidence from the poem itself, and then commenting on or analyzing the evidence presented. Using the assessment tool, the teacher will select and score two elements of the paragraph, thesis, and analysis, based on rubric descriptors.

Features to Focus on (click the links to learn more about these features)

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Take a minute to watch this video with your students as it provides a great overview of how frame writing works.

Learn about frame writing

Lesson 3 / Quickwrite 2 / Write a Short Creative Story

In this lesson, students will write a short, narrative response based on the unique scenario provided. Students will write in a single frame. This is to be a timed-writing activity, and the timer will be set by the teacher in the essay dashboard.

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Lesson 4 / Write a Power Paragraph Analyzing a Poem

In this lesson, will read and analyze Denise Levertov’s’s poem, “Moon Tiger”. Feel free to read, present, and discuss the literature with your students as you normally would. When students are ready to write, they will first complete a prewriting activity and answer several guiding questions using the Post-it-style brainstorming tool.

They will then write their elaborated or power paragraphs by composing an engaging hook, a clear claim, by presenting evidence from the poem itself, and then commenting on or analyzing the evidence presented. They will conclude the writing with a closer. Using the assessment feature, the teacher will select and score two elements of the paragraph based on rubric descriptors.

Here's a solid article you can share with your students about tackling what we call a "power paragraph"

Features to Focus on (click the links to learn more about these features)

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This writing will be challenging for students and it's what the standards require. Some students will actually be ready for more complexity, and if they are, here's a great video that shows them how to take their paragraph to the next level.

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Summary

Now that you have finished the training set, you should have some solid familiarity with the essaypop system. If you enjoyed and your students enjoyed this set, there are others in our library that you can choose from. To take a deeper dive into the essaypop writing platform here's a great article to peruse called The Essaypop Essentials.

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