This essay map was created to outline and organize a basic five paragraph essay to form a historical argument or opinion. We chose not to introduce the idea of a thesis yet, as for many students, it was repetitive, but for others, it would perhaps overwhelm them on top of learning the basic essay structure. Many of our students expressed nerves about how they would be graded on this essay, as they had never written a five paragraph essay before and seemed overwhelmed. Others asked if they could forgo the map since they were able to clearly write and outline an essay on their own without it. We were further educated on the incredible range of learning levels in our classroom through this activity and the importance of having an adaptable classroom practice with prepares for all learning levels.
To see the graphic organizer, please select the following link: EssayMapping.docx