One: Thesis Statements

Two: Topic Sentences

Three: Transitions

Four: Taking Notes

Five: Summarizing And Paraphrasing

Six: Introductions and Conclusions

Seven: Picking Good Quotes

Eight: Signal Phrases & Smooth Connections


Developmental Writing prepares students for college composition courses. During the freshman year of college, students are required to take two semesters of college composition. These courses are usually known as English 101 and English 102. Every major university requires this freshman composition sequence for every student and you won’t be able to earn a college degree without passing these two courses. Get the idea? It’s really important that you enter college with the ability to compete in the art of written communication.

As a former college writing professor, I put this Developmental Writing lesson plan together to help both students and teachers of Developmental Writing. All of the lessons are based on my own experiences in the classroom. They are informed by my lesson plans and the thousands of student papers I’ve graded over the years.

Start by checking out some helpful Developmental Writing Resources or continue on to Lesson One.