This Word Form helps plan an essay with a claim, a logical and physical design, and an outline of sub-arguments
; students can fill in the fields, or instructor can work through the steps to model the process that a thoughtful essay-writer goes through during the invention process. The idea is to help develop a habit-of-mind to design essays with more meaning and depth. This kind of brainstorming and reflective thinking should happen early in the process so that the actual writing of an essay is more disciplined around a preliminary plan. Planning/exploration questions include issues like: what are the parts of your issue, how do/can things change within your topic, how do others view your topic, what type of claim are you making in terms of Toulmin factors, what rhetorical modes (analysis, comparison, cause/effect, graphics, etc.) will be most effective for your message and audience, and finally what can you say in your intro, sub-arguments, and conclusion? After working through the worksheet, you should be in good shape to actually write your first draft because the ideas are all lined up ready to go.
Using a Word Form in the restricted-access mode means you are restricted to the designated fields for each question. You can navigate to the next field by clicking the key or using the arrow keys.
To modify a restricted Form, you will first have to unlock it. Open the Developer tab; click Restrict Editing in the Protect area; click Stop Protection. At this point you can navigate anywhere within the file and make changes. After making any changes, you can then re-protect the file and restrict access to only the user fields by: Open the Developer tab; click Restrict Editing in the Protect area; click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection; Click OK to begin protection (original file is not password protected, but you can use a password if desired to protect file integrity—when you initially acquire the form, you can save a back-up version that would allow you to return to the original state if desired)
Used/tested and engaging with English Composition, English 101.
A similar type of worksheet is geared more toward reading
a text and asking critical-thinking questions throughout the reading and reflection process. See Active-Reading Worksheet