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Formal Writing for Strugglers - Back to Basics with STRUCTURE

Formal Writing for Strugglers - Back to Basics with STRUCTURE


Flip through this resource here!

The structure of formal writing is a never-ending struggle for students, and many slip through into the high school years still not understanding that basic 'burger' structure or PEE paragraphs.  When students are confident with structure, then they can concentrate on:

  • Improving their writing with connectives, persuasive features, more fluent sentences and so on.
  • Developing their ideas to include a bit of critical thinking.

This resource was written for a particular boy who then helped edit it until it 'spoke' to him (pictures of boys, toilet humour...).  For that reason, I'll say it's written by a boy and is aimed at boys.  Of course though, this can be used for any student.  


This resource includes:

⭐ Teacher notes and topic ideas.

⭐ The Basic Burger student workbook.

⭐ The Gourmet Burger student workbook (Students add explanations and a bit more to their conclusion)

⭐ Examples to help your students as they work.


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ A fully editable resource.

❤️ Heavily scaffolded, clearly marked steps.

❤️ Steps and strategies that are extremely simple...without it being a babyish resource!  (This is aimed at 11 to 14-year-old students!)

❤️ Repetitive and formulaic strategies (not something we promote in our writing, but it's necessary for the purpose of getting that structure clearly understood).

❤️ Plenty of visual cues with images and layout.

❤️ The final step is where students literally cut out each part of their writing and glue them all together to make one piece.

❤️ Carefully disguised, subliminal introductions to connectives and vocabulary related to formal writing.

❤️ A bit of humour!



Microsoft PowerPoint, resized to an A4 page.   This means your resource: 

  • Is completely editable.
  • Will easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Googley suite.



Also helpful are these related products:

▶️ Writing Beautiful Sentences

▶️ Sentence Structures and Common errors in Writing



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