How to write an awesome Expository Essay

Rome Essay Due Monday 11/24/08

5 typed paragraphs minimum, 12 pt. font

Expository style means factual writing used to inform or explain. You are becoming an expert in one aspect of Ancient Rome.  In your essay you are informing your audience and explaining the details of your topic.  Click the link for an outline and ideas on How to write an awesome Expository Essay.

You will need to include a bibliography that gives credit to your sources of information.  See the MLA attachment below for details on how to write up those references.

Presentation – On Wednesday and Thursday you will present your project to the class.  You will stand in front of the room and give a formal presentation that will be scored and videotaped.  See rubric below for how you will be scored.

How to write an awesome Expository Essay

MLA bibliography guide

Presentation Rubric

Rome Research Project Report rubric

The week(s) ahead

Veni, vidi, vici – “I came, I saw, I conquered” Julius Caesar quote

Tuesday 10/11/08

  • Vocab. 24 Due (including the Skill Feature)
  • Vocab. 23 & 24 TEST (including a sentence using 3 words)
  • Scipio newspaper article Due (bring your rubric)
  • Begin Vocab. 25 (+ Extended Response) – Due 11/17/08

Rome Research Project

Scipio’s rapid rise to the top

Greetings young Romans.  You will become newspaper reporters reporting on Scipio’s rapid rise to the top of the Roman Republic during the Punic Wars.  Below are the facts you have to start with.  Expand on these bullet points with details, quotes, eye-witness accounts.  The facts about Scipio should be factual but you may add quotes and some details that are ficticious.  Your newspaper article should have a title, date, price, headline, image with caption, advertisement, and details of Scipio’s rise to the top including quotes.

Publius Cornelius Scipio has had a dramatic rise to the top.  He was only 25 when appointed as a general.  His impressive career is briefly sketched below:

  • First task – make Rome powerful in Spain again
  • Captured Spanish town of New Carthage in 209 B.C.
  • Defeated Hannibal’s two brothers, who held most of Spain, in 206 B.C.
  • Appointed Consul in 205 B.C.
  • Invaded Africa in 203 B.C. and established control
  • Defeated Hannibal at Zama in 202 B.C. after Hannibal returned there

Rough Draft Due Monday, Final newpaper article due Tuesday 11/11/08

Scipio research link:

You will be scored according to the attached rubric:

6 Traits rubric for Scipio newspaper article

How to write an awesome article

How to write an awesome article!!!!!

Follow this step by step guide to a good article:

  1. Decide what your article will be about.
  2. Research the topic of your article.
  3. Write your article using the template below.
  4. First paragraph:  In the first few sentences, answer these questions!
  5. Grab the reader’s attention by using an opening sentence which is a question or something unexpected!
  6. Now, give the details. It is always a good idea to include one or two quotes from people you interviewed. Write in the third person (he, she, it or they). Be objective. Use active verbs so the reader feels things are really happening!
  7. Last paragraph: Round off your article. Try ending with a quote or a catchy phrase!
  8. By-line: At the end, state who wrote the article; ‘By ….’.
  9. Decide where appropriate illustrations/pictures will be placed.
  10. Proof-read your article and edit where needed.
  11. Spell check your article!

To start you off we have created a  template.  Click on the links at the bottom of the page to open them.  You can change the template, add extra columns and type in your article. 

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How to write an awesome article