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Essay: A Write It Activity

Scholastic’s six-step workshop makes writing persuasive essays much less intimidating to students.


6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Writing Activities

Scholastic’s Write It: Essay,” for older students, incorporates interactive tutorials, exercises, publishing opportunities, message boards, and creative ideas – all meant to help students sharpen their persuasive essay-writing skills.


  • Brainstorm: These tips help students find and examine a topic they feel passionately about by seeking inspiration from art, their lives, or what’s around.
  • Draft: These strategies help students conduct research, organize their thoughts in an outline, and start writing.
  • Review: Students learn to evaluate and improve their own work, as well as get – and give – meaningful feedback.
  • Revise: Students “re-vision” their drafts, learn how to handle feedback from others, and follow a 12-point exercise to help them approach their writing from new perspectives.
  • Polish: These strategies help students learn to proofread like a pro, avoid grammar and spelling mistakes, and make sure they correctly document credit where it’s due.
  • Publish: A unique opportunity for students to become published writers! Here, they submit their completed work to'




Learning Objectives

Derived from Scholastic's "Teacher Center: Essay"

  • Students will use the following writing techniques in their essays:
    • Excellent language and mechanics.
    • Effective, subtle, and/or innovative organization
    • Word choice is deliberate and works with the content.
    • Sentence structure is varied.
    • Language and rhythm are consistent throughout the piece.
    • The ideas within and behind the work are well developed
    • Details are chosen carefully and are not superfluous. Piece is full of “spikes”
    • to grab and hold the reader’s attention.


  • Each students will also use their unique experiences, ideas, and perspective to demonstrate originality:
    • The idea is original and handled
    • deftly in a genre and style suited to the
    • subject matter.


  • Each students will discover, develop, and express personal voice through writing.
    • Phrasing and language are memorable
    • The tone or voice is original, and the student
    • seems confident in her or his own voice/style.
    • Student manipulates all of the mechanics of good writing to convey feeling and meaning throughout the piece.


Susan Cheyney

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