Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Learning the Genre of Persuasive Essay - Section 1: Lesson Opener


My students had a different writing unit in between this unit and explanatory essay, so they struggled at first with the annotations today. To give my students another way of thinking through the article, I showed them my thinking using my Boxes, Bullets and Brackets anchor chart. I then wrote out my annotations in a boxes, bullets and brackets format in order to help organize their thinking before I started the active engagement. When half of the class answered their exit tickets, they used boxes, bullets and brackets to answer the question while the other half answered the questions in a paragraph format. Either way showed me that my students understood the concept of claim, reason and evidence.

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Learning the Genre of Persuasive Essay

Unit 8: Using Mentor Texts, Generating Ideas, and Planning for Drafting of Persuasive Essays
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT be able to determine how a persuasive text is constructed by determining an author’s point of view and the claims they are making about their point of view.

Big Idea: What do you want?

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