Expository and Narrative writing going from the CDs to CMs

Dear Dr. D',

I’m still having trouble in the Expository and Narrative writing going from the CDs to CMs.  Will you giving me more help in this? 

Again, it’s commentary, so no easy answer. I had an idea this year when I was teaching the process to a group of high school at-risk students.  Instead of starting with “Who” and “What happened,” I thought I would rearrange the template to “When,” “Where,” “Who” “What Happened,” “Why,” “Dialogue.”  Then I told the students to combine their When, Where, Who into one CD sentence.  The commentary came much more easily.  Then, I told them to combine the What Happened and Why into one sentence.  The commentary came much more easily.  Then, the dialogue was the third CD (if applicable).  This really helped the kids with expository commentary, and these at-risk kids all passed the state test in Texas.  I was so proud of them.

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