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Depth Charging - Better Development

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Patricia Kaemmer

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of Depth Charging - Better Development

A practiced skill
At first, students will struggle. It is difficult to expound on an already determined idea with limited life experience, but with practice, it is guaranteed to create better developed, more organized and linked ideas taking that 2 or 3 paper to that 4!!
What is Depth Charging?
While it sounds like something done in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, depth charging is a very basic technique that can promote sentence-to-sentence transition as well as more developed essays.
How does it work?
It's a simple process really. Students use key words and phrases from previous sentences to elaborate and fully flesh out an idea. They use progression to show where these words are taking the reader by linking back to them.
The example - Introduction
Let's see it in action...
The prompt: Write an essay explaining whether school standards should be higher?
Synonym T chart
Using these words from the prompt, students should compile a few word lists, creating a bank of synonyms they can use througout their writing.
Depth Charging - Better Development
Student's should underline key words in the prompt that standout/seem important.
These words will in essence be the
words that should be refered to throughout the essay's development.
Standards
Schools
Noun
Adj
Goals
Guidelines
Norm
Criteria
Achievable
Challenging
Demanding
Educational
Painstaking
Noun
Adj
Facility
Primary
Secondary
Academy
Educational
Instructional
Private
Public

The standards set on today's students and teachers are demanding. This demand stems from a lenghty period of time in which the United States has spent chasing the glory of being a forerunner in scientific and industrial growth. Unfortunately, this chase has led to a standardization of education and has placed unrealistic goals on both educators and learners. The current state of education requires reformation, not more "to-do's" on a list of unreachable standards.
While it is safe
to assume
a student's essay
won't sound like this...
the fundamental process
is the same.
Depth charging takes
a word from the
previous sentence
and uses it to
spur a new idea
in the next sentence.
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