For a kernel essay the writer writes about a topic, using the text structure as a guide, creating one sentence per box. This collection of sentences is called a kernel essays. The next step is for the writer to read the kernel essay aloud to several listeners to see whether the text structure worked for the topic. For more information see Gretchen Bernabei’s Reviving the Essay.
Below is an example of a text structure and kernel essay about a memory.
Kernel essays can be used for many writing purposes. This includes writing in each content area. Below are a few text structures specifically geared towards content area writing. For an expanded list of disciplinary literacy text structures and possible uses click the following link: Disciplinary Literacy Text Structures
Text Structures for History
Example of a kernel essay in the history classroom:
Text Structures for Science
Example of a kernel essay in the science classroom:
Text Structures for Math
Example of a Kernel Essay in a Math Classroom
Material from Gretchen Bernabei
Teacher Blogs About Kernel Essays