Cross-Curricular Essay Writing Professional Development Presentation

WESM Shared Academic Language

1. Essay - a piece of writing that gives an opinion. This is NOT a report, research paper or article. It is what one might read in the editorial section of a newspaper.

2. Report - A report is a specific form of writing that is organized around identifying and examining issues, events or findings that have occurred. A report is usually written in response to a brief that may outline the purpose, audience and problem or issue that your report must address, together with any specific requirements for format or structure.

~ Essay and Report writing uses both sides of the brain. By introducing the concept of a formula or recipe that is to be followed, students begin to understand that they are using analytical concepts. After the building blocks are in place, students can make creative choices. It is much more effective for most humans to use one side and then the other instead of going back and forth between hemispheres.


Thesis versus Hypothesis
~ A hypothesis is a statement that can be proved or disproved. It is typically used in quantitative research and predicts the relationship between variables. A thesis statement is a short, direct sentence that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay or research paper.


~ Concrete Details are the Textual Evidence that supports the Topic Sentence of that paragraph. The Topic Sentences all support and work to prove the Thesis Statement.


~ If you have questions about any marks, stamps or feedback on your essay, ASK YOUR TEACHER!

~ Too often students write one draft and one draft only. It is imperative to that they understand quality work cannot be created in one sitting!

Essay / Report Writing Scaffolding Templates