This month's Teaching Tip comes from How to Write an Essay, Grades 6-8.
The first step in writing an essay is deciding on your topic. For some students that is an easy step, while others struggle. Have you ever found yourself saying, "I don't know what to write about"? Or you decide on one topic, and then the next day you change your mind? Fortunately, there are some steps that might make finding a topic a smooth and painless experience.
Before we practice these, however, we have to ask ourselves what kinds of topics are appropriate for an expository essay. Remember that an expository essay explains or gives information about a topic. You could simply write about your favorite sport or about three kinds of spiders that live in your neighborhood.
Remember that this information can highlight something about the topic. In other words, you can have an angle on your topic. For example, if you write an essay about the nature of tornadoes, you can also be doing so as a warning to those of us who live in tornado country. Therefore, the information serves a purpose. Later, we will go into this more deeply.
Does this mean you can write about anything? Yes and no. There are three points to consider:
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