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Four-Square Organization Mack Gipson, Jr. Tutorial and Enrichment Center Gayla S. Keesee, Education Specialist What is you...
Structure of an Essay <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must contain a thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Thesis Statement <ul><li>Thesis sentence  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What the essay is a...
Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Supporting Details </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 1: Topic Sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co...
From Broad to Specific <ul><li>Animals  (essay level) </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs  (paragraph level) </li></ul><ul><li>Poodles ...
List holidays Circle top three choices Choose one Brainstorm memories
To begin… Fold your paper into four squares. Darken in the lines. Write your basic thesis statement above the line in the ...
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Now we have to answer the question— Why?   Provide   reasons ,  examples ,  incidents...
Feeling of Gratitude Friends and Family Food Basic Thesis Statement ( because ) + the three reasons, examples, facts, or i...
Alternative words <ul><li>Favorite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing better </li></ul></ul><...
Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is  Thanksgiving. <ul><li>First,  Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with f...
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><li>-gifts I have—others lack </li></ul><ul><li>-nat...
Paint a picture with words
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother—salt & pepper shakers </li></ul></ul>...
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother—salt & pepper shakers </li></ul></ul>...
Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is  Thanksgiving. <ul><li>First,  Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with f...
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Using 4-square organizational pattern to show students how to create the body of a 5-paragraph essay. Prompt: What is your favorite holiday?

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  1. 1. Four-Square Organization Mack Gipson, Jr. Tutorial and Enrichment Center Gayla S. Keesee, Education Specialist What is your favorite holiday? Describe what you like to do on this holiday, who you like to be with at that time, and why you enjoy this holiday so much.
  2. 2. Structure of an Essay <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must contain a thesis statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must catch the reader’s attention </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Body Paragraphs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 levels supporting details </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides closure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summarizes main points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Makes connections </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Thesis Statement <ul><li>Thesis sentence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What the essay is about </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlling idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must be provable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Hawaii is the best vacation spot. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress codes should be banned . </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite food is shrimp. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May also reference the three supporting details </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Body Paragraphs <ul><li>Supporting Details </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 1: Topic Sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Controlling sentences name and control the topic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 2: Clarifying Sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help make the topic clearer—explain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 3: Completing sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add specific details that explain or describe the topic </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. From Broad to Specific <ul><li>Animals (essay level) </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs (paragraph level) </li></ul><ul><li>Poodles (clarifying) </li></ul><ul><li>Fifi (completing) </li></ul>
  6. 6. List holidays Circle top three choices Choose one Brainstorm memories
  7. 7. To begin… Fold your paper into four squares. Darken in the lines. Write your basic thesis statement above the line in the middle to remind you of what you will be proving.
  8. 8. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Now we have to answer the question— Why? Provide reasons , examples , incidents , facts/statistics to support our thesis. Animal level
  9. 9. Feeling of Gratitude Friends and Family Food Basic Thesis Statement ( because ) + the three reasons, examples, facts, or incidents in Box 1 of each section My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because I enjoy visiting with family and friends, devouring the delicious food, and expressing a feeling of gratitude. Dog Level My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
  10. 10. Alternative words <ul><li>Favorite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crazy about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partial to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cuisine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dishes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gratitude </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thankfulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gratefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cousins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aunts, uncles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brothers, sisters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouth-watering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yummy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appetizing </li></ul></ul>Thesis statement: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
  11. 11. Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat. </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance. </li></ul><ul><li>In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving. </li></ul>
  12. 12. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><li>-gifts I have—others lack </li></ul><ul><li>-nature </li></ul><ul><li>-celebrate on Friday </li></ul><ul><li>-visiting </li></ul><ul><li>-activities </li></ul><ul><li>-traditional foods </li></ul><ul><li>-guests’ foods </li></ul><ul><li>-late night feast </li></ul>Feeling of Gratitude Family & friends Delicious food Now we need to clarify what we mean by each reason. In other words, why/how are the family/friends , food , and feeling of gratitude special? Poodle Level
  13. 13. Paint a picture with words
  14. 14. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother—salt & pepper shakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grandmother—pitcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sister—blue serving dish </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-gifts I have—others lack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joyful work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abundant food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter of a house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warm clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-nature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Floral arrangements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beauty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-celebrate on Friday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25-30 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sister & family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends across country </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-visiting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gossip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange photos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play guitar/piano </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sing songs/hymns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stroll around neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-traditional foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-guests’ foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cookies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-late night feast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bread and gravy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave </li></ul></ul>Feeling of Gratitude Family & friends Delicious food FiFi Level Be Specific! Paint a Picture with Words Names, dates, numbers, colors, sensory details, comparisons, vivid verbs
  15. 15. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>-relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother—salt & pepper shakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grandmother—pitcher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sister—blue serving dish </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-gifts I have—others lack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joyful work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abundant food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter of a house </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warm clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-nature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Floral arrangements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beauty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-celebrate on Friday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25-30 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sister & family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends across country </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-visiting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gossip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange photos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telling stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play guitar/piano </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sing songs/hymns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stroll around neighborhood </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-traditional foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-guests’ foods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cookies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-late night feast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bread and gravy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave </li></ul></ul>Feeling of Gratitude Family & friends Delicious food <ul><li>Connect Paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>First </li></ul><ul><li>Not only…but also </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly </li></ul><ul><li>In summary </li></ul><ul><li>Connect Ideas Within the Paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Also </li></ul><ul><li>For example </li></ul><ul><li>After, late at night, as, final </li></ul>
  16. 16. Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. <ul><li>First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, we always gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In other words, I can devour many traditional foods and desserts that are only served at Thanksgiving. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifically, I am grateful for my relatives, special gifts I have received, and the beauty of nature. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving. </li></ul>
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