Things can change on a dime! The students are going to be working on comparing and contrasting, and then forming an opinion paper based on that information in regard to which of the two animals would make the best pet for them.
The method is primarily a visual framework for assisting students with formulating ideas in an organized manner prior to writing an essay. The concept generally works as follows: A large square is drawn and divided into four smaller squares of equal size.
An additional rectangle is drawn in the center of the figure overlapping each of the other four squares. A total of five rectangles are thus created.
The student writes a complete topic sentence in the center rectangle. Then, the student writes three sentences that develop the thesis of the central topic, placing one in each of the following squares: The upper-left square contains the opening supportive sentence, and the next two squares contain other supporting information.
Finally, the student writes a summary sentence in the lower-right square. The summary sentence describes how the reader is intended to feel about the topic.
Variations of the above rules may require more or less development in each of the rectangles, depending on the grade-level or maturity of the student.
Results[ edit ] Results show a consistent increase in the ability of students to write persuasively. A study at Springview Elementary School, in Allendale Charter TownshipMichigannoted, "significant growth was observed in the students' writings in both classes.
It was noted that one teacher had remarkably more success with the program than others, and that teachers must be trained thoroughly to get best results from this method. After teaching students using the method, the students' writing scores increased by 49 percentage points in the first year.
The same students used it again the next year, and their scores went up an additional nine percentage points. As of Februarythe series includes 16 books, 2 poster papers, and a set of wall charts.FOUR SQUARE WRITING.
A FOURTH GRADE VERSION OF. STEP 1. Brainstorm a Topic/Main Idea and then 1 Supporting Idea. SUPPORTING IDEA. SUPPORTING IDEA – A free PowerPoint PPT presentation (displayed as a Flash slide show) on benjaminpohle.com - id: fNTczN. The Four Square Writing Method is a way for teaching writing to children in school.
While primarily used to teach persuasive writing, it has also been used to help teach deconstruction. The method was developed by Judith S. Gould and Evan Jay Gould. It was developed initially for primary school students, but it has also been used in high .
The four-square writing method is useful in teaching writing skills, as well as in the deconstruction of writing. Students begin by placing a topic sentence in the center square.
Then, students compose an opening supportive sentence in the top left square, followed by two supportive sentences, and capped off by a summary sentence. When we do our writing we will be using the four-square paper like we have used before. We will write our choice for a pet in the center circle.
Then you will write three reason sentences and then in the last box, you will write about your feelings. To practice the Four-Square Strategy, draw a large square on a fresh page of your vocabulary notebook and divide the square into four smaller squares.
Then draw a circle right in the middle.
In. In , Judith S. Gould and Evan Jay Gould wrote the first book in a series dedicated to the Four Square Writing Method. This series is published by the Teaching & Learning Company, a Lorenz Educational Press company.