How to write an essay so elementary kids can learn

You might think that all can learn the art of essay writing the same way. However, the fact is that different approaches are required for teaching how to write an essay for different levels of students. Yes the rules of essay writing remain the same but the key points to consider while writing an essay differ from stage-to-stage.  In the following paragraphs, we will take a close look at the key points that you should consider while helping your elementary kid write an essay.

Before we begin, always remember that it is of prime importance to point out your elementary kid’s error every time till the kid does the thing correctly. This is so because elementary writing errors won’t take time to become middle school errors and then high school errors since the kid will be in habit of writing the wrong way and it is said that old habits die hard!
Primarily, elementary students should take essay writing easily else it can become a phobia. To ensure things fall correctly in place, ask your kid to not go with the essay writing as a “one-go” exercise. Instead, break the essay in three broad parts – Introduction, Body/Supporting Paragraphs, and Summary. Focus on each section as individual entities and once done, try to bring all three together in a way that they seamlessly flow.

No doubt, practice is the only key to seek proficiency in the art of essay writing. However, at this stage, we can inculcate good writing habits so that the kid starts on the right note. To begin with, help your kid know the importance of writing clearly and concisely. This help the reader to better understand what is communicated and follow along.

Talking of the Introduction section, this is the foremost opportunity to seek audience’s attention to your thoughts. Therefore, you need to give a thought-provoking start to your essay so that the reader is bound to read further. Here, your student needs to be very clear with the flow of his/her thought-process. Encourage him/her to jot down all necessary information that he can think of or can collect from other sources at a piece of paper. In this section, try to mention/introduce these necessary information pieces as main attractions of the essay in a way that it makes your readers inquisitive about the attractions. Never under-estimate the importance of writing the Introduction well since it is the main “turn off” factor in many essays. So help your elementary student write this well by practicing several times.

Another equally important section is that of Body or Supporting paragraphs. This is the section that contains all information in detail and will provide answer to reader’s inquisitiveness.  The simple way to go about this section is to divide this section into paragraphs equal to the main attractions your student mentioned in the Introduction section. Now, ask your students to take up one attraction at a time and ask them to start building a paragraph on it. Here, take on one sentence at a time and move on slowly yet confidently. Once your student is done describing an attraction, ask him/her to read the complete paragraph to ensure that the sentences read and flow well and the whole paragraph makes sense without any distractions/confusions or mistakes. If there are issues, sort them then and there before taking up the next paragraph/attraction. Follow the same process for each paragraph. Once done with all, you need to add short yet meaningful transitional sentences between these paragraphs so that they look part of one family – the Body section.

Finally, ask your students to summarize the essay with mentioning key points that s/he highlighted in the essay. However, be sure not to repeat the Introduction text verbatim.

Wrapping up, always let your students know the need of self-evaluation in writing essays – this is the quickest and most effective way to learn. Also whenever your elementary students find themselves stuck in understanding how to write an essay, ask them to read a few good essays and try to bring out the common structure from them and form their own program. This will surely work wonders for them and for you as well!