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Essay Writing

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Lesson Plan Exemplars

Critical Response Essay: Dylan Thomas Poem

English 10-1
Submitted by: Larissa Polowick, PSII
Description: A 2-page essay assignment outline for a critical response to Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night". Very firm guidelines and formatting expectations. Includes a checklist for students to use during the writing process.

Critical Response Essay: Dylan Thomas Poem [pdf]

Critical Response Essay: Marking Rubric

English 10-1
Submitted by: Larissa Polowick, PSII
Description: This is a reprinted version of Alberta Education's critical response marking guide. It has been re-formatted to accompany the Dylan Thomas essay assignment.

Critical Response Essay: Marking Rubric [pdf]

Unit Plan Exemplars

Essay & Letter Writing

English 10-2
Submitted by: Renee Broda, PSII
Description: Based on a thematic unit about heroes, this unit combines functional and critical writing skills. Includes rubrics, checklists, and assignment sheets.

Essay & Letter Writing [pdf]

Websites

Essay Punch

Description: Follow a progression of interactive steps (pre-writing, thesis, organization, conclusion, etc.) to produce an essay online. Click on "Start Writing Now" to begin the process. The essay topic is changed periodically.

Essay Punch

Essay Writing Center

Description: The main page offers a list of essay types and definitions (expository, research, narrative, personal, critical, etc.). Further examination reveals characteristics and samples of each type of essay.

Essay Writing Center

Ten Novel Essay Prompts

Description: Ten prompts for essay topics related to novels. Includes: gender issues, positive/negative characters, dreams & reality, realism and the setting, literary I-search, historical period, analysis of title, class issues, and passion to write.

Ten Novel Essay Prompts

The University of Victoria Writer's Guide

Description: Provides an introduction to essay writing as well as short definitions (and examples) of types of essays. Also includes tips for getting started, getting organized, and proofreading tips.

The University of Victoria Writer's Guide

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