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Secondary Cohort: Reading and Writing Expository Texts—Writing to Persuade. Michelle Fowler-Amato Lynn Masterson Heart of Texas Writing Project December 7 & 8, 2011. Agenda . 8:30 – 9:00 Feature Article & Notebook 9:00 – 10:00 Reading Workshop: Editorial 10:00 – 10:15 Break
Heart of Texas Writing Project
December 7 & 8, 2011
Today, we will explore the genre of editorial/op-ed (writing to persuade) by experiencing a mini-inquiry into this form of writing.
We will spend time reading examples and developing criteria for the structure of editorials/op-ed pieces for the explicit purpose of learning how to write in this genre.
Persuading readers to believe as I do—
“A form that is dedicated to civic discourse, to shaping opinions, changing minds, and effecting change” (Lattimer, 2003, p. 116).
“…grab the reader by the lapel and say, ‘Listen to this; look at the evidence; you can’t deny I’m right!’ In texts that are explicitly argumentative, the voice is more urgently assertive and the structure is tightly controlled by the shape of the argument” (Bomer, 1995, p. 177).
What have you read that is like what you are trying to write?
Referring to pages 115 – 119 in Lattimer’s (2003) chapter, Editorial, share the sentence you underlined that represents an important idea in the text and your response to this idea with your table.
“Passion is at the heart of inquiry. Interest and curiosity breed engagement. We must honor kids’ passion and celebrate their individuality. Exploring passions, interests and questions brings the world into focus and opens the door for the broadest interpretation of ideas.”
Each poster on the wall lists one place in which you get ideas for argument notebook entries. Take 10 minutes to review the options listed. On each poster, list potential topics that come to mind.
“Writers need to be pretty explicitly aware of what they intend to do to an audience with this piece of writing—their purpose for publishing. They need to decide what they want their audience to understand, know, believe, and feel, how they want to affect or change the people who will read this particular piece of writing.”
Thinking back to Katie Wood Ray…
Let’s look back at your initial reflection in thinking through this genre. What are you thinking now?