P.E.E.L. Kit

The P.E.E.L. kit I discuss in this post can be found in my teacher pay teacher store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/PEEL-Essay-Kit-STAAR-1714227

I created this P.E.E.L. kit to help struggling writers remember how to structure an essay. I had students with a variety of needs so I created different versions of this to address those needs. You don’t have to use everything here- use what your student needs.

This page can be made into a poster to hang in the room or given to the student as a reminder of body paragraph structure. The body paragraph should make a point that supports the thesis statement (break the thesis statement up into points that can be assigned to each body paragraph). Provide evidence that proves the point. Explain how your evidence proves the point. Link this point to the next one with a transition sentence. This is a common acronym to help students remember this structure. The points are usually covered in order of importance, depending on the topic.


 

Most of my students were able to produce this paragraph structure using this graphic organizer. Listing the PEEL at the top gives a reminder of what the paragraph should include and what order it should follow. I provide a model that can be shown or given to students.


Some of my struggling writers still had trouble incorporating all the elements of PEEL and needed a graphic organizer to help them accomplish each part of the paragraph. This handout helps with that. Each component has it’s own box and a reminder of what they should do. These students can fill this out and show it to the teacher or a peer for feedback. From there they can combine it into one paragraph on the above graphic organizer to see how it fits together. I also included a model for this graphic organizer.


That’s all you need if your students just struggle with the body paragraphs. However, if they also struggle with introductions and conclusions I have handouts that help with that too. These handouts explain the different elements found in an introduction and a conclusion.


I created an outline that can also be used for struggling writers to help them outline their entire essay. This may not be necessary for all students. I found my advance students just needed the PEEL organizer and could the introduction and conclusion without the full outline. My struggling and reluctant writers needed this outline to keep them on track and in order.


In addition to these graphic organizers I also included two handouts that discuss the components of a persuasive essay versus an expository essay. These can be used to help you teach or they can be given to more advanced students instead of the above outline. My advance students preferred the outline explanation below rather than the graphic organizer above. However, it was the opposite for my struggling or reluctant writers- they preferred the outline above. I also include a list of possible topics for both types of essays to give you assignment ideas.

I hope these graphic organizers and handouts help your students succeed in writing! Please feel free to message me any questions on Teacher Pay Teacher. You can find this product in my store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/PEEL-Essay-Kit-STAAR-1714227

They are full size pages. For this post I took screenshots, added my website tag in pink, and shrunk it down to fit the post. The actual product is high quality and full normal printer paper size.

Using Google Docs with the Google Classroom

I love using Google Docs with the Google Classroom. It’s easy to create a template in Google Docs and then create a copy for every student in the Google Classroom. The advantage to this versus having them create their own Google Doc is it allows you to pop into their Google Doc and see their progress in real time.

Advantages of using Google Docs:

  • You can view your students edit history on the document. You can see anything they typed or added then deleted. It also allows you to see if anyone else has contributed to the document.
  • Click on the share button to see if they have invited anyone else to edit their Google Doc.
  • I have students do peer workshops on their essays or creative stories by inviting their workshop members to suggest on their Google Doc. Their workshop members can then leave their feedback as comments. I provide them with a list of things to look for and comment on during the workshop.
  • I can also leave the students feedback in the form of comments.
  • When I have students revise it and turn in a final draft I have them highlight everything they changed so I can easily track the changes. Of course you can also go the edit history to see changes.

Here is how to set up the Google Doc in the Google Classroom.

1.) Setup the Google Doc the way you want it. It can be simple with just the prompt or you can have the prompt on one page then the MLA format template on the next page. Here is an example of a simple prompt setup:

Google Doc Setup

Setting up the Google Doc assignment template.

 

2.) Create the assignment in the Google Classroom. Click on the “Attach Google Drive Item” button.

Google Doc to Google Classroom

Adding Google Doc to the Google Classroom

3) Find the Google Doc in your Google Drive and add it.

Google Drive

Find your Google Doc in your Google Drive and add it.

4) Change the setting to “Make a copy for each student.”

Change Setting

Change Setting to “Make a copy for each student.”

5) Then Click “Assign” and you are done!

 

They sky is the limit as to how you setup the Google Doc. Add images, add the full instructions, list of topics, etc. It’s an easy way to keep track of students progress before they turn it in to make sure they are actually working on it in class or at home.  Google Docs is a staple in my English classroom.