Four Square Writing is a very simple and easy organizing method for students to plan their writing. Students are given a written prompt that they must address in their writing. Students begin each essay by dividing one sheet of paper into four squares to make their organizer. The topic is written in the first box, and the three main ideas are written in the other boxes. Three details are added under each main idea. One paragraph can then be developed from each square of the box. Writing begins and ends in the same box to remind students that the introduction and the conclusion both restate the prompt.
Once students are comfortable using the organizer, we will add more sophisticated writing skills such as using vivid language, improving the conclusion, and writing an interesting opening.
Writing Prompt: Many people have a favorite meal that they enjoy eating. Think about your favorite meal. Write to tell your reader about your favorite meal.
Paragraphs 1 and 5.
My Favorite Meal
spaghetti and meatballs
easy to make
fun to eat
My favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs. It's my favorite meal because it's easy to make, fun to eat, and delicious. I could eat spaghetti and meatballs for dinner every night.
First, my favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs because it's easy. You simply roll up the meat. Then, you throw it in the pot and brown it. When the meat is brown, you pour on some store-bought sauce.
Next, my favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs because it's fun to eat. I like to twirl the spaghetti on the fork. It's fun to slurp up the very end of the piece. I always splatter the sauce!
Also, my favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs because it's delicious. I like the taste of tangy red tomatoes. The Italian spices are great, especially the zesty garlic. The meat is very filling, too.
As you can see, my favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs. I like it because it is easy, fun to eat, and delicious.