Yesterday, students read two articles, "Fighting the Bully Battle" and "Bullying in Schools". Today, they reviewed their notes and selected an issue about bullying to respond to with a solution. Their notes included information about types of bullying and possible ways to solve the problem of bullying.
Before beginning the writing assignment, I had students refer to their notes where they have a sample business letter (see resources). I asked students to identify parts of the letter that are different than a friendly letter (inside address, colon in the salutation, written in block format, noting the spacing).
Prompt: Select a problem that deals with bullying. Write a letter to someone in a position to help you foster the steps needed to implement your solution.
1. Students analyze the prompt using RAFTS.
2. Students pre-write their ideas using a flow map. A diagram of a flow map including details is included in the Resources.
a. Paragraph 1 - Describe the Problem: what is the problem, why is it a problem, reasons and causes of the problem, effects of the problem
b. Paragraph 2 – Propose a Solution: describe the solution, details of one solution that the reader can help you. Think to yourself – does the solution address the causes and effects of the problem, is it logical, is it possible to enforce?
c. Paragraph 3 - Defend your Position: why is this the best solution. Think to yourself – how would someone make a counter-argument to your solution? Analyze the strengths of your solution.
d. Parararph 4 (Conclusion) -Call to Action: remind the reader of the problem and the proposed solution, why your solution will work, how do you expect your reader help.
3. After preparing a detailed flow map, students wrote a Rough Draft. If necessary, they finished it for homework.
Students began today by taking out their rough draft of their problem/solution letter for revision.
After students completed these revision steps, I reminded them to edit for spelling, comma usage, and other punctuation marks.
The last step is writing a final copy. Many students completed this, if they needed more time than class time, they finished the final copy for homework.