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Published on July 28, 2008

Author: gskeesee

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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?

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.

Structure of an Essay Introduction Must contain a thesis statement Must catch the reader’s attention Body Paragraphs Provide evidence 3 levels supporting details Conclusion Provides closure Summarizes main points Makes connections

Introduction

Must contain a thesis statement

Must catch the reader’s attention

Body Paragraphs

Provide evidence

3 levels supporting details

Conclusion

Provides closure

Summarizes main points

Makes connections

Thesis Statement Thesis sentence Topic What the essay is about Controlling idea Must be provable Hawaii is the best vacation spot. Dress codes should be banned . My favorite food is shrimp. May also reference the three supporting details

Thesis sentence

Topic

What the essay is about

Controlling idea

Must be provable

Hawaii is the best vacation spot.

Dress codes should be banned .

My favorite food is shrimp.

May also reference the three supporting details

Body Paragraphs Supporting Details Level 1: Topic Sentence Controlling sentences name and control the topic Level 2: Clarifying Sentences Help make the topic clearer—explain Level 3: Completing sentences Add specific details that explain or describe the topic

Supporting Details

Level 1: Topic Sentence

Controlling sentences name and control the topic

Level 2: Clarifying Sentences

Help make the topic clearer—explain

Level 3: Completing sentences

Add specific details that explain or describe the topic

From Broad to Specific Animals (essay level) Dogs (paragraph level) Poodles (clarifying) Fifi (completing)

Animals (essay level)

Dogs (paragraph level)

Poodles (clarifying)

Fifi (completing)

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 middle to remind you of what you will be proving.

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

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.

Alternative words Favorite Prefer Nothing better Crazy about Enjoy Partial to Desire Food Meal Repast Cuisine Menu Dishes Gratitude Thanks Thankfulness Appreciation Gratefulness Family Relatives Cousins Aunts, uncles Brothers, sisters Delicious Tasty Mouth-watering Yummy Appetizing Thesis statement: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

Favorite

Prefer

Nothing better

Crazy about

Enjoy

Partial to

Desire

Food

Meal

Repast

Cuisine

Menu

Dishes

Gratitude

Thanks

Thankfulness

Appreciation

Gratefulness

Family

Relatives

Cousins

Aunts, uncles

Brothers, sisters

Delicious

Tasty

Mouth-watering

Yummy

Appetizing

Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members. Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat. Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance. In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving.

First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members.

Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat.

Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance.

In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving.

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. -relatives -gifts I have—others lack -nature -celebrate on Friday -visiting -activities -traditional foods -guests’ foods -late night feast 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

-relatives

-gifts I have—others lack

-nature

-celebrate on Friday

-visiting

-activities

-traditional foods

-guests’ foods

-late night feast

Paint a picture with words

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. -relatives Mother—salt & pepper shakers Grandmother—pitcher Sister—blue serving dish -gifts I have—others lack Joyful work Abundant food Shelter of a house Warm clothing -nature Floral arrangements Beauty -celebrate on Friday 25-30 people Sister & family Friends across country -visiting Conversations Gossip Exchange photos -activities Telling stories Play guitar/piano Sing songs/hymns Games Stroll around neighborhood -traditional foods Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans -guests’ foods Pies Cakes Cookies -late night feast Bread and gravy Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave 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

-relatives

Mother—salt & pepper shakers

Grandmother—pitcher

Sister—blue serving dish

-gifts I have—others lack

Joyful work

Abundant food

Shelter of a house

Warm clothing

-nature

Floral arrangements

Beauty

-celebrate on Friday

25-30 people

Sister & family

Friends across country

-visiting

Conversations

Gossip

Exchange photos

-activities

Telling stories

Play guitar/piano

Sing songs/hymns

Games

Stroll around neighborhood

-traditional foods

Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy

Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans

-guests’ foods

Pies

Cakes

Cookies

-late night feast

Bread and gravy

Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. -relatives Mother—salt & pepper shakers Grandmother—pitcher Sister—blue serving dish -gifts I have—others lack Joyful work Abundant food Shelter of a house Warm clothing -nature Floral arrangements Beauty -celebrate on Friday 25-30 people Sister & family Friends across country -visiting Conversations Gossip Exchange photos -activities Telling stories Play guitar/piano Sing songs/hymns Games Stroll around neighborhood -traditional foods Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans -guests’ foods Pies Cakes Cookies -late night feast Bread and gravy Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave Feeling of Gratitude Family & friends Delicious food Connect Paragraphs First Not only…but also Most importantly In summary Connect Ideas Within the Paragraphs Also For example After, late at night, as, final

-relatives

Mother—salt & pepper shakers

Grandmother—pitcher

Sister—blue serving dish

-gifts I have—others lack

Joyful work

Abundant food

Shelter of a house

Warm clothing

-nature

Floral arrangements

Beauty

-celebrate on Friday

25-30 people

Sister & family

Friends across country

-visiting

Conversations

Gossip

Exchange photos

-activities

Telling stories

Play guitar/piano

Sing songs/hymns

Games

Stroll around neighborhood

-traditional foods

Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy

Vegetables--green bean casserole, turnip greens, lima beans

-guests’ foods

Pies

Cakes

Cookies

-late night feast

Bread and gravy

Tear into pieces, cover w/gravy, heat in microwave

Connect Paragraphs

First

Not only…but also

Most importantly

In summary

Connect Ideas Within the Paragraphs

Also

For example

After, late at night, as, final

Topic Sentence: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members. For example, we always gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat. In other words, I can devour many traditional foods and desserts that are only served at Thanksgiving. Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance. Specifically, I am grateful for my relatives, special gifts I have received, and the beauty of nature. In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving.

First, Thanksgiving affords me the gift of gathering with friends and family members.

For example, we always gather on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is not only an excellent time to enjoy friends and family members, but it is also a wonderful time to eat.

In other words, I can devour many traditional foods and desserts that are only served at Thanksgiving.

Most importantly , I love Thanksgiving because I take time to reflect on my life and express gratitude for my abundance.

Specifically, I am grateful for my relatives, special gifts I have received, and the beauty of nature.

In summary , I cannot think of a better holiday than Thanksgiving.

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