Sample Lessons (21 pages)
Read ‘About Meaningful Composition’ in the thumbnail picture above!
Our second semester books are type-specific, meaning that each one is either essay writing, creative writing, or report writing throughout that book—at that book’s level. Once a student completes any first semester MC book, he or she can easily move into a second-semester book of your choice.
This essay-only book for junior high students takes students carefully and incrementally through the essay process. Again, pre-writing skills are taught in each lesson including the topic sentence/opening sentence, the train analogy for five paragraph writing, third person writing, thesis statements, brainstorming, research, our five-paragraph approach, quotation use, determining paragraph topics, Checklist Challenge completion and coding, opening and closing paragraph types, transition words and phrases, and our Patterned Paragraph Template.
This book contains a handful of Sentence-by-Sentence (S-by-S) Outlining and Writing From Given Material including three zoo animals, three presidents, and one fruit. Original projects abound (again, extremely incrementally—your student WILL learn to write essays!) including three zoo animals, going from one topic per paragraph to one topic per essay via paragraph dissecting, one animal, one fruit, three presidents, and one president.
Additionally, students are taught to become very specific and intentional in their openings and closings via our Patterned Paragraph template, Quotation Paragraph Template, and Story Paragraph Template. Note that this book is also excellent for introducing young (or inexperienced) high school writers to essay writing.
Be sure to read our Meaningful Composition General Guide & Overview of each book.
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