Before students can do for themselves, they must see it for themselves.
The goal of this packet of mini-lessons it to help students notice the components and sequence of an argumentative essay by deconstructing and reconstructing an exemplar draft paper. These exercises are classroom tested and student approved. Explicit instruction in these 9 conscious raising reading and writing exercises will:
•Raise students’ awareness of individual components and ideas used in argumentative essay writing.
•Promote higher level thinking where it concerns using explanations and elaborations to connect claims to reasons and evidence.
•Alert students to themes and patterns specific to argumentative writing.
•Make students more attentive to specific transition words/phrases used to present their ideas.
•Teach students on how to cite specific lines and line ranges in a text.
•Provide concrete examples of sentence variety and stress the importance of rewording/restating.
•Reemphasize the importance of the planning process.
•Help students become familiar with the layout of the graphic organizer/planning sheet.
•Increase students' awareness of conventions of the English language.
•Encourage students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as writers.
•Equip students with the tools and know-how to confidently take the state writing exam.
•Provide TEACHERS with strategies they can use with virtually an exemplar or non-example papers to raise students awareness of the components and sequence of a quality argumentative essay.