Diet writing assignment


diet 1Students are assigned to write an expository writing paper on childhood obesity and one of the most common solutions of dieting.  The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.  Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
What is causing this increase?  

The smart phone became diet 2Text Box:                                                                                                                                                                         Cycle of a dietavailable to the consumer in 2006, so did a decrease in activity cause parents to over feed their children?  Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.  One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.   What causes childhood obesity?  Children become overweight and obese for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Only in rare cases is being overweight caused by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem. A physical exam and some blood tests can rule out the possibility of a medical condition as the cause for obesity.
Text Box:                Childhood Obesitydiet 3How can I involve my family in healthy habits?  Although weight problems run in families, not all children with a family history of obesity will be overweight. Children whose parents or brothers or sisters are overweight may be at an increased risk of becoming overweight themselves, but this can be linked to shared family behaviors such as eating and activity.  Why do most diets backfire and what weight-loss methods are proved to work.
 Expository writing is explanatory. You select information from oral, written, or electronic text and organize it to show that you understand a concept. Expository writing is the type of writing you create for term papers, essays, or letters.
Thinking About the Writing Prompt
ebola1Taking time to think about the prompt and to plan your writing will improve the quality of your final essay. Planning can help you compose a more organized, polished response. Use this guide to plan your composition.


  1. Read the prompt carefully and restate it in your own words. Think specifically about what the prompt is asking you to do (for example, make an argument, tell a story, or explain a process)._______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


2. After you have thought about the prompt and it is clear what you’re being asked to do, write one or two sentences describing your initial reaction to the prompt. This may be the basis for your thesis statement, or the main idea of your essay. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Read the reminder list (questions to ask about the prompt) that follows the prompt. (If you are still unclear about the prompt, the list may help you better understand it.) Think about those items that you have particular trouble with and write them down. Explain how to avoid those mistakes in your writing. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Brainstorm ideas, details, or information to support your response to the prompt. You may use a brainstorming technique such as freewriting, making a list, or creating a web.  Record anything that comes to mind.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

5. Review the things you wrote as you brainstormed. What ideas support your thesis statement?
What details add information to those supporting ideas? Underline or highlight the ideas and details you plan to use in your composition. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6. There are many ways to organize your ideas. You may wish to use a visual representation such as a web, an outline, or a chart. The graphic organizers that follow are some examples of ways to structure your ideas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Organizer for Expository/Persuasive Writing
This organizer is useful for many types of writing, including expository and persuasive essays. Use the thesis statement from the Respond exercise and the ideas from the Record and Review exercises to complete the graphic organizer. You may add additional Supporting Ideas and Details as necessary.

Introductory Paragraph/Thesis Statement:
Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:
Supporting Idea:

Concluding Paragraph/Restatement of Thesis: submit to
Main Idea  (50 points)
□ The subject matter I chose is appropriate for the prompt.
Supporting Details  (50 points)
□ The details I include are clearly related to the subject matter. Picture of student associated with the topic.
□ I include enough details to support my main idea. Picture of topic.  Use to alter the picture 30%.

Organization (50 points) 
□ My composition has a strong beginning, a well-developed middle, and an effective ending.
□ My essay follows a clear, logical progression.
Coherence  ( 50 points)
□ I establish relationships between ideas in my composition.
□ I use transitional words and phrases, parallel structure, and other techniques to connect sentences and paragraphs.
□ I use effective sentence structure and word choice. Write in complete sentences.
• Write coherent and well-developed paragraphs.
• Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.