Reverse Outlines: Synthesis, Argument, and RA Essays | AP Lang | PDF & Digital

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I love the idea of a reverse outline. These really make students think about what they wrote and decide how they can improve their writing for next time.
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This product includes three, three-page reverse outline organizers designed for student essay analysis and reflection for synthesis, argument, and rhetorical analysis.

These reverse outlines are an effective method for students to analyze their own writing, thought processes, and organization, and then can be used for revision or for improvement on future essays. They could also be effective in illustrating what another author does in his/her text. A super resource for emphasizing line of reasoning.

After I score an essay, I hand it back and students must record what the reverse outline organizer asks them to document. The corresponding questions in each box ask them to further reflect on the items in that paragraph. As my students work through one of these in class, I have discovered that they quickly identify their problem areas, especially with thesis statements and topic sentences.

The reverse outline should also illustrate the importance of (or lack of) a plan before writing!

Digital Activity already created for you to easily assign to your students via Google Classroom. Via the Digital Activity Interactive Layer, you also have the option to customize and create annotations and additional directions to this Digital Activity for your specific needs.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.


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