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Common Core Writing: The Argumentative Essay

P.D. Albany High School
by Karen Rogotzke on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of Common Core Writing: The Argumentative Essay

Common Core State Standards Literacy across the Curriculum Narratives WRITING
Three Purposes

Informational Writing

Writing The Big Picture: focus on the students' needs to write in order to foster learning

begin and end with an opportunity to write

use writing to help students' thoughts, ideas, information and concepts become more visible and accessible

use writing to facilitate learning Essential Questions: 1. What is argumentative writing? What is its purpose?


2. What are the characteristics of argumentative writing?


3. How do I assess argumentative writing and use rubrics effectively in my classroom? Argumentative Purpose of Argumentative writing: to convince an audience to accept your opinion/claim about a specific topic introduce and explain the topic/issue
offer reasons and support for the reasons
refute or prove wrong opposing arguments
format appropriately
develop topic (with relevant facts, details, examples, and quotations)
use transitions
use domain-specific and precise vocabulary
end with a concluding statement "Students won't remember most of the facts we give them, but learning that lasts engages in the habits of the mind.
Writing connects the dots in student learning" - A. Benjamin, 2005 Writing: Why? What? How? Refutation Concluding Statement Thesis statement Topic Sentence 2 Topic Sentence 1 WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN MY CLASSROOM? The appeal to reason
- appeals to audience's interest
- appeals to audience's moral sense
- appeals to audience's emotions Students need to... 1. agree or disagree with someone or something 2. share advantages and disadvantages 3. communicate opinions and provide solutions to problems 4. provide arguments for and against a topic (recognize the other point of view) 5. try and change the reader's mind to agree with the writer
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