Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Narrative vs. Formal Writing Styles - Section 2: Guided Practice

 

I love the way this discussion began and turned out overall. There have been many times that getting students to volunteer to share their opinions is like pulling teeth, but with necessary scaffolding and long-term connection to prior knowledge, the students are far more engaged and confident with sharing their perspective. Building discussions and activities around anchor pieces of knowledge or anchor skills has really had a positive impact on my classroom environment. The students came to this discussion with great evidence for both sides, debated with one another respectfully and appropriately, and it was great.

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Narrative vs. Formal Writing Styles

Unit 1: Argument Writing
Lesson 9 of 13

Objective: Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches to communicating information about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Big Idea: Why Is One Approach Better Than Another? Are They Better Together?

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