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How Writing an Essay Is Like Making a Hamburger (Video)

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In rural Jackson County in West Virginia, the school district has launched a new comprehensive literacy strategy to help its students organize their writing. Employing a hamburger as a graphic organizer, it provides a visual guide for creating an essay. Fourth grade student Briana Sotomayor used this method while writing a winning essay for the district's drug-and-alcohol-prevention competition. Here, she explains the model.

For more on Briana (and to hear her award-winning essay!), watch our recent PBS NewsHour report on schools and the opioid epidemic.


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