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How to Explain and Elaborate on a Claim and Evidence in a Paragraph

This is the BIGGEST MISTAKE that students make when writing their paragraph or essay! So watch this video to find out how to avoid it!

In this video, I cover the purpose of explanation and elaboration in your paragraph. When you use rhetorical questions, you need to explain. When there is an important keyword or idea, you need to elaborate. Before you state a quote, explain the credibility of the author. After your quote, elaborate on what it means!

It is safe to say, elaborate and explain your writing. Never assume! I hope this helps you explain your claim and elaborate on your reasoning in your essay!

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Whether you are a teacher trying to help ALL your students navigate the writing process, a parent struggling at home to help their child with distance learning or a student that just got a massive essay in class, this channel is for you! I walk you through the entire writing process from start to finish. In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education! My hope is that these videos will help you as you write in school and at home. I am a classroom teacher myself, so I know how hard teaching writing is. I use all these videos in my own classroom to support and differentiate the learning for ALL my students. I have found these videos extremely helpful for ALL students especially English Language Learners. I also provide free classroom materials to help you teach writing to ALL your kids.

Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.