Friday, April 17, 2015

Writing the Five Paragraph Essay -- Free Organizer and Rubric

Last year and this year I have been working on teaching my fourth graders the five paragraph essay format.  The freebie I'm sharing today is my latest version of the printable forms I use to teach and grade this form of writing.
Using the gradual release of responsibility model, I had my students write a five paragraph essay about school.  We filled in the graphic organizer for three activities we do at school.  After we filled in the information for the body paragraphs, I modeled how to create information for the lead and conclusion. 
Next, I modeled how to take the information and put it into paragraphs.  More advanced writers used their own information and worked ahead at this point.  I use yellow legal pads for student rough draft and have them copy onto notebook paper or type up their final copy.
At the beginning of the year, I collected all the rough drafts and edited myself.  As we are nearing the end of the school year, I am asking students to peer and self-edit.
Here is what my rubric looks like.  By giving similar assignments throughout the year and evaluating them using the same rubric, I can easily record my students' growth in writing.

Click here to download Five Paragraph Essay from my TPT store.
Click here to download Five Paragraph Essay from my TN store.



  1. I just gave our state writing test this week...these would have come in handy last week! LOL :)

    1. I know what you mean. I often find great resources the week after I need them.
      Have a good weekend.

  2. Thanks for sharing! Found you through freebie Friday!

    Kovescence of the Mind


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