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Common Core Writing: The Argumentative Essay
Karen Rogotzkeon 17 December 2012
Transcript of Common Core Writing: The Argumentative Essay
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
develop topic (with relevant facts, details, examples, and quotations)
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