Four-Square Writing Method

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Pupils produce paragraphs with planning and precision with the four-square writing method, which allows learners to organize the topic, supporting, and summary sentences of their paragraphs. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Consider approaching the graphic organizer one section at a time, with a separate lesson for each segment (i.e. What makes a topic sentence? What is a supporting sentence, and how do you ensure that it is valuable evidence?)
  • Design a similar four-square graphic organizer for essays as a whole, with the primary essay question in the center and the topic sentences of each main paragraph on the outside for students to write notes
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have a clear understanding of how to construct supporting sentences with evidence before using these worksheets independently
Pros
  • Unique method that emphasizes importance of topic sentence and relationship to supporting sentences
  • Lines provided at bottom of the page for notes
Cons
  • None