Essay Basics Pt. 2 – Essay Structure

Do you struggle with how to organize your essay? Then check out Essay Basics Part 2: Essay Structure.

With permission from the author, I’m explaining some of Gretchen Bernabei’s instructional methods for text structures and kernel essays (if you HATE writing outlines with Roman numerals and all those letters and numbers, you’ll LOVE kernel essays!) If you like what you see, I encourage you to attend one of her workshops. You’ll get so much more from her in person! Her books are also phenomenal — everything is very student-friendly and teacher-friendly.

Here is her webpage on kernel essays:

And here is her home page, where you can access info about her other writing strategies as well as her workshops and books:

The books I’ve used so far (and loved) are Fun-Size Academic Writing for Serious Learning and Crunchtime, and I have every intention of buying and using the rest.

My fantastic colleague Jamie Walterscheid and I developed a handout (and tweaked it many times while using it with students) to help students walk through the essay development process. I’m attaching it to this post, but it will make more sense after I do an essay-planning walkthrough video with it later on in this series. Download the free worksheet here: Student-friendly essay outline

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