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DEVELOPING ACADEMIC LANGUAGE IN THE ELL CLASSROOM AN INTEGRATED PERSUASIVE WRITING UNIT. Cathy Whitlow San Antonio Writing Project. QUOTES. “ To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be creditable; to be credible we must be truthful.”  ― Edward R. Murrow

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Developing academic language in the ell classroom an integrated persuasive writing unit

DEVELOPING ACADEMIC LANGUAGE IN THE ELL CLASSROOMAN INTEGRATED PERSUASIVE WRITING UNIT

Cathy Whitlow

San Antonio Writing Project


Quotes
QUOTES

“To be persuasive we must be believable;to be believable we must be creditable;to be credible we must be truthful.” ―Edward R. Murrow

“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ---Winston Churchill


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein


Explicit writing instruction
EXPLICIT WRITING INSTRUCTION ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

Dean, D. and Grierson, S. (2005), Re-envisioning Reading and Writing Through Combined-Text Picture Books. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 48: 456–468. doi: 10.1598/JAAL.48.6.2

Fahnestock(1993) noted, “the ‘intuition’ that presumably suddenly appears in college-level writers...is instead likely to be the product of much earlier tuition” (p. 270). This “tuition,” in the form of guided practice, provides the scaffolding that allows students to develop sensitivity to different texts—what they do and how they do it.


Persuasive writing unit
PERSUASIVE WRITING UNIT ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 


What is involved how long
WHAT IS INVOLVED & HOW LONG? ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

MOTIVATION/BUILDING SCHEMATA (1 day)

MINILESSON: persuasive vocabulary (1/2 period)

CYCLOPS/STEPPING INTO THE SHOES OF A CHARACTER (2-3 days)

MINILESSON: review of complex sentences and punctuation (1/2 period)

GENRE ANALYSIS (4 days)

PERSUASIVE LETTER ASSIGNMENT (10 weeks)

MOVIEMAKER PROJECT (8 days)

ANSWER: 5-6 WEEKS


Snapshot a day with cyclops
SNAPSHOT ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― A Day with Cyclops

  • READ THE STORY OF CYCLOPS

  • DISCUSS STORY ELEMENTS– antagonist, protagonist, setting, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution

  • DISCUSSION

    • How can Cyclops convince the reader that he really is a nice guy?


Setting motivation building schemata
SETTING MOTIVATION/ ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― BUILDING SCHEMATA

  • ADVERTISEMENTS

    • Television Ads

    • Persuasion in Print Ads

  • DREAM ACT

    • Dream Act Pros and Cons

    • Dream Act Videos and Letters

  • POLITICAL ADS

    • barackobama.com

  • FILMS

    • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    • Make a web on what makes effective persuasion


  • Books
    BOOKS ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 


    Stepping into the shoes of the character
    Stepping into the Shoes ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ―  of the Character

    Activity

    Idea from: Why We Run With Scissors by Barry Lane and Gretchen Bernabei, pages 50- 51 and 244-246

    • Read Cyclops.

    • Write “The True Story” from the voice of Cyclops to convince readers that he is really a nice guy. You may use any type of genre- poem, children’s books, want-ads, letter from the character to another, diary entry, legal document, prayer, song, etc.

    • Share Out

      • What techniques were used to persuade the reader?

      • Were these techniques effective


    Genre analysis
    GENRE ANALYSIS ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    Activity

    • TEACH VOCABULARY AND ORGANIZATION

      • Class reads together “You Can Make a Difference” or “It’s Time to Junk Junk Food” and use “Use A Writer’s Eye Activity”

    • GALLERLY WALK: BAD SPORTS

      • First Group will “Use a Writer’s Eye”

      • All groups will add opinions to other’s work.

    • REVIEW ORGANIZATION AND VOCABULARY

      • Raise Your Hand for School Uniforms – Writer’s Response Sheet and Think Sheet

      • JIGSAW ACTITIVES


    Use a writer s eye
    USE A WRITER’S EYE ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 


    Jigsaw genre analysis
    Jigsaw Genre Analysis ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    Activity

    NEISD Literature Book, 6th Grade


    NEISD Literature Book, 6 ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― th Grade


    Persuasive letter assignment
    PERSUASIVE LETTER ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― ASSIGNMENT

    Activity

    • DISCUSS ASSIGNMENT

      • Requirements

      • Tips

    • BRAINSTORM/CHOOSE TOPIC (1 day)

    • RESEARCH (3 days)

    • THINK SHEET (1 day)

    • WRITE FIRST DRAFT

    • REVISE WITH PARTNER (2 days)

    • WRITE DRAFT 2 (1 day)

    • RATIOCINATE – EDIT AND REVISE (2 days)

    • PUBLISH (2 days)


    Moviemaker project
    MOVIEMAKER PROJECT ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    Activity


    Movie maker tutorial
    Movie Maker Tutorial ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    MovieMaker Tutorial


    Grade level
    Grade Level ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    • Lower Grades – Less emphasis on academic language

      • Creating Posters, topic on something more concrete

    • Higher Grades – More emphasis on academic language – Aristotle’s division of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos


    Global issues
    GLOBAL ISSUES ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    Stand up for issues you believe in – environmental, political, educational

    Need to think critically about decisions that are affecting you.

    Democracy – Vote


    Disciplines
    Disciplines ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― 

    • Science

      • Create an advertisement/commercial using facts and statistics from labs.

      • Write a letter to convince a company their practices are affecting the environment

      • Write a letter requesting grant money for a scientific study.

      • Why we need to conserve water; Recycle and reuse

    • Math

      • Persuade a peer to use your strategy to solve a problem

    • Social Studies

      • Write a letter to one of the writers of the Constitution persuading him to exclude one of the Bill of Rights

    • Additional Links

      • Persuasion Prompts for Social Studies and Language Arts

      • Persuasive Writing Ideas from Northern Nevada Writing Project


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