11) Finally, since this assignment was for a persuasive essay, make sure the thesis is CLEARLY the last sentence of the first paragraph.
Make sure that the topic sentence is CLEARLY the first sentence of the body paragraphs.
(Note: I know the topic sentence does not always have to be the first sentence. But requiring that it be the first sentence mandates that students know and understand what a topic sentence is.
So far I’ve only used with 9th and 10th graders. Next year, I will be doing this with 8th and 9th graders.