Reflection: Essay Writing Writing an Argument - Extended Response - Section 2: Independent Practice


Ending such a profound unit with this writing piece may seem like a dull way to go out; however, as a teacher it is not dull at all.  I will glean so much from the response each student writes today.  I will see the impact this extensive three part unit has had on his or her thinking.  I will evaluate his or her writing abilities in order to plan better for the next semester when I incorporate more writing. I will measure his or her ability to utilize sources as I prepare for a unit on writing their own research based, self-selected argument.

While this is going out with a bang for me, I understand if you prefer something more "fun" for students.  Had we not had a snow day recently, I would have done more as well.  So, I'll share that idea.  I would have had students create a Graffiti board after writing their extended responses.  To create a Graffiti board students select a picture, drawing, quote, etc.  something that speaks to others in terms of what they have learned in this unit.  The student selections are displayed "graffiti-like" on a board in the school hallway to inspire others.

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Writing an Argument - Extended Response

Unit 8: Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 3
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write an argument that includes support from other texts.

Big Idea: Come on, convince me.

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