Reflection: Grappling with Complexity From Research to Writing: A Crummy First Draft - Section 3: Research with Purpose/Writing and Revising


Besides central idea, I found that another key component for me to ask about was the audience—is it an adult audience you hope takes action about your frustrations, or is it a peer audience you want to commiserate with?  While the activity today is meant to simply take stock of where they are, their struggles speak to the issue they’ve consistently had throughout the year with the synthesis essay—making their own perspective central and using the resources to prove it.  They improved a lot regarding the 40-minute AP essay where they are given a prompt and a series of sources a few days ago.  These additional steps of developing their own issue and finding resources themselves is proving to be very challenging, and their initial drafts have often been summaries of the resources rather than having any of their own perspective, and I found myself consistently asking the same question regarding their own perspective and purpose.  So, going forward the next couple days, I will make this a point of emphasis as I work one on one with them in the library—to help them determine their purpose and audience, and to really have them consider the rhetorical situation as they are deciding on evidence to use, crafting sentences, and identifying places to provide additional evidence.  

  Attention to Rhetorical Situation
  Grappling with Complexity: Attention to Rhetorical Situation
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From Research to Writing: A Crummy First Draft

Unit 11: Writing a Research Argument
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT synthesize their ideas in writing and identify specific areas for further research.

Big Idea: Free-writing is a great way to focus your research before getting lost in a sea of data.

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