Timeline: 5 class periods
Students start by going over the Powerpoint that describes the type of essay and instruction. This is followed by working through the outline and developing an appropriate and specific thesis. They then proceed to the body paragraphs of the essay and follow the directions about the use of colored pencils. Following the directions carefully and thinking carefully about every sentence in the essay is new to most freshmen. I teach the middle and the ending before I get to the introduction.