Get back to basics with this practical look at the foundations of good essay writing. With personal and classroom anecdotes, ideas and strategies, and samples and reproducibles, this cheerful and accessible book offers real-life advice that both teachers and students can really use. Each chapter contains easy-to-incorporate lessons along with teaching tips for teaching specific concepts that range from pre-writing exercises to revising and editing to celebrating the final product. This book includes a wide range of innovative approaches to teaching essay writing - from how to picture and 'act out' an essay to a winning format for a topic sentence and using scattergrams to turn brainstorming into constructive outlines. Throughout the book, assessment tools and marking keys support simple marking techniques that are visible and relatively frequent, and consider not just the essay, but effort and time on task.