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  1. English SOL Institute Secondary Persuasive Writing Workshop Maureen Jensen, Gifted Resource Teacher Amy Hale, Assistant Principal Central Virginia Writing Project All resources (and more) can be found at http://persuasivewriters.weebly.com

  2. Persuasive Writing • Move students away from 5 paragraph, formulaic writing • Conferencing, guided writing, revising, sharing, and using mentor texts builds skills • Writing portfolios support student growth K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  3. Persuasive Writing • Teach writing; don’t merely assign it • Teach peer revision/editing; putting students in groups is NOT teaching peer editing • Focus on purpose and audience • Provide opportunities for students to change voice and audience K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  4. Persuasive Writing • Every piece of writing does not have to be graded! • Do incorporate writing into every lesson • Don’t correct every error in student papers • Use VDOE Resources including anchor sets and writing checklists K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  5. Today’s Agenda Part I – Workshop • Quick Write • Choice Board or RAFT • Drafting • Mini-Lessons and Mentor Texts • Revising • Conferring • Sharing Part II – Rubric and Anchor Papers K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  6. Quick Write • Promote personal connection • Assess student knowledge • Summarize reading or lesson • Reflect • Encourage critical thinking • Making predictions, inferences, hypotheses K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  7. Idea Generation • RAFT • Choice Board • Newspaper/Magazine • TV/Radio • Content area discuss/debates K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  8. Drafting Look at the RAFT and Choice Board Make a prompt selection Draft Let’s look at the Workshop Flow Cart K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  9. Mentor Texts • help students envision possibilities for their own writing • provide a model • inspire and ignite • encourage students to take risks by trying something new This is how real writers work – they look to other writers for ideas, craft, and structure. www.teacher2teacherhelp.com

  10. Mini-LessonFrom Mini-Lessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise Grades 3-8 by Karen Caine • Things that Bother Me • Turning Lists into Paragraphs • Finding an Audience • Using Humor to Persuade • Writing a Thesis Statement • All Reasons Are Not Created Equal • Writing Quickly and Continuously to Find First Thoughts • Loaded Language: Positive, Neutral, and Negative • Some Might Think: How to Write Counterarguments • Rhetorical Questions: Statements in Disguise • Leads that Capture the Reader’s Interest • Smooth Transitions • Cut It Out! Deleting Unnecessary Words • Call to Action K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  11. Today’s Mini-Lesson Mini-Lesson: The Essay Structure The marriage between mini-lesson and mentor text is a strong one. K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  12. Revision Go back to your draft and revise based on what you learned in today’s mini-lesson. K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  13. Conferring Questions for teachers to consider: • What are the goals of a writing conference? • When should I confer with students about their writing? • What will conferring look like in my classroom? • What are the teaching moves in a writing conference? • What should I teach in a writing conference? • How do I teach conferring procedures? K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  14. Peer Conferences • Teacher establishes a methodical procedure for conferences • Teacher models response and conduct in mini-lesson • Typically student author reads draft aloud • Listeners record feedback on sheet or sticky-notes (what’s going well/possibilities for change) • Writer takes notes from feedback to help with revision • Writer ends with explaining plans for change Teach-In 2006

  15. Sharing (Author’s Chair) Author’s ChairFeedback Quote Back • “My favorite part was…” • “I like your use of the word…” Question • “Why did you decide to…” • “How did you come up with…” • “Where do you plan to go with…” Connect • “Your writing reminds me of…” K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  16. Instruction Anchor Sets K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  17. Persuasive Writing Checklist • Add screenshot K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

  18. Contact Information • Maureen Jensen • Albemarle County Public Schools • mjensen@k12albemarle.org • Amy Hale • Campbell County Public Schools • ahale@campbell.k12.va.us

  19. Disclaimer Reference within this presentation to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Department of Education.