Ep 218: Visual Essays: A Writing Assignment Your Students will Actually Like - EB Academics

Ep 218: Visual Essays: A Writing Assignment Your Students will Actually Like

Writing essays may not sound like the most exciting activity to your middle school students, but Caitlin and Jessica have a unique idea to freshen up that typical essay in your classroom! Today on the podcast, listeners will hear all about how to implement a visual essay. This is a creative assignment that will help your students practice and master the writing standards. They’re still writing an essay, but in a brand new way! As always, you’ll hear practical tips and tricks for implementing this unique activity in your own classroom.

Tune in now to hear:

  • [1:41] Caitlin introduces this month’s four-part series where she and Jessica will be sharing strategies for keeping your students engaged as the school year winds down.
  • [2:05] Today’s episode covers visual essays, a unique writing assignment that students will love! EB Teachers have access to a visual essay resource in their dashboard.
  • [2:31] Caitlin and Jessica encourage teachers to utilize a visual essay instead of the traditional essay format to freshen things up in the classroom any time of year.
  • [4:45] Jessica explains how a visual essay can be ideal for literary analysis and text-dependent essays. 
  • [6:24] Caitlin details how the visual essay is different from a typical essay, but it includes all the necessary components of a well-written paper. 
  • [7:28] This engaging writing assignment can serve many purposes in your classroom, and Caitlin breaks down all the ways you could utilize it to support and assess your students.
  • [8:45] Jessica and Caitlin then walk listeners through the practical steps of completing a visual essay.
  • [15:58] Once students have finished their visual essays, they can share their creativity with their classmates, and Jessica offers ideas for setting this up in your classroom.
  • [16:40] Caitlin provides suggestions for creating a visual essay on paper rather than using it as a digital activity.
  • [18:34] Jessica expands upon the benefits of using this unique form of writing with your students as they practice the writing standards.
  • [19:20] Don’t miss the next three episodes that showcase more engaging lessons that will keep your students motivated and learning for the rest of the school year!

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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