THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
Shortly, your students will be writing your STAAR persuasive essay….and the worst case scenario COULD HAPPEN!
…Deep breaths ….
They could get…(Gasp! Dare I say it?)...a horrible prompt.
I know we want to hope for the best, for that glorious prompt that gives them thousands of awesome ideas, but let’s be real. When have we ever seen that prompt? I know, we’ve heard it exists –it’s rumored to live with the unicorns at the end of the rainbow, and this could be our year-the one we all hope for –the year of the relevant prompt. But, just in case it isn’t, will they be ready?
Now is the time to help your students pack their Persuasive Preparedness kit – you know, that kit that will get them through the worst of prompts—the kit with the brilliant examples and ideas that will fit any prompt the test throws at them.
This activity will help with that. Through 4 "Phases," students will work together to brainstorm a few fall back stories/examples that have lots of applications.
Included in this activity are detailed instructions and explanations of the "Why" for doing the activity, 25 original questions to get students who "never have any good ideas" thinking and sharing, 24 possible vague STAAR-like topics for practice in applying their top 5 stories/examples, a "packing list" for students to record their group's Top 5, and 5 "bingo" cards for group review and brainstorming.
With this information and lots of hard work and practice, my English 10 students have had pretty good success (a 94% passing rate (2015) and 96% last year (2016)).