I hope everyone had a great week! It was beautiful and sunny here in Ohio and the kiddos were able to get outside for recess – YAY! That is success in and of itself. 🙂
Last week, I shared how my first graders started the process of Compare and Contrast Essays. You can read about this by clicking HERE.
Today I’m going to show you some final copies of their Compare and Contrast Essays and give you a freebie outline page that we used to plan and structure our essays. 🙂
We started by working on our very first outline. I used this template to help guide my students in their topic sentences for each part of their essay. This was SUPER helpful because after they completed this, they knew exactly the direction they were going in when it was time to write the paper!
After their outlines were complete, they were ready to write their Compare & Contrast Essay on their own. They followed my color coding sequence and really took off! The kids had a blast writing these because of course the topics were up to them so they really grabbed onto ownership of their essays. Most of the kids chose to work on them during Writer’s Workshop and Daily 5 Work on Writing time. Here are some samples: