Essay Genre: Highlighting Guide
Please take out black, red, green, orange, and blue colored pencils, crayons, or skinny markers. Then read over your essay and complete the following tasks:
- Underline your thesis sentence in green.
- Underline all transitional words in red.
- Underline persuasive and relevant evidence in each paragraph in green.
- Underline vivid words and visual imagery in blue.
- Underline compound and complex sentences in orange.
- Read through your essay with an eye for the no excuse spelling words, especially the words on the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade lists and the words that are homophones (e.g., there, their, they’re and your and you’re, etc.). Underline those no excuse words in black.
- Underline your closing restatement of your beginning thesis in red.
Make any changes necessary to your essay at this time, using the rubric, your job chart, and this highlighting guide to help you.
Then staple your essay in the following order (from first page to last): final copy of essay, rough draft of essay, essay planning sheet, job chart, and teaching rubric.
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