Selecting Textual Evidence in Writing Lesson

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Looking for a quick, effective strategy to teach students how to select and use textual evidence in analytical and argumentative writing? This essay writing resource is just what you need! Our PRAISSS-Worthy acronym (Plentiful, Relevant, Accurate, Interesting, Short, Stylized, and Symbolic) helps students develop their ideas with specific, relevant, and concrete details.

This essay writing resource is perfect for busy English teachers who need a streamlined approach to teaching textual evidence and support. Use this acronym to teach students the critical skill of using evidence to strengthen their arguments and analysis. Download this resource today and start enhancing your students' analytical writing skills!

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Here’s what you’ll receive in this resource:

PowerPoint (traditional format and Google Slides format) which details each part of the PRAISSS-worthy evidence acronym, providing examples for students to understand what it means and how to apply it to their own evidence selection (22 Slides)

⇒ A link to an unlisted YouTube video (perfect for flipping the classroom, use in a hyperdoc, or a station activity) which provides narration and explanation to go along with the PowerPoint slides (11:47 Length)

Full screencast transcript (4 Pages) so that you can use for students who need accommodations or who would benefit from reading while listening.

Google Form with already-embedded screencast and viewing guide questions (2 Pages) so that you can save time and check for student understanding.

Writer's reflection options (handout and online form) which enable students to think about their evidence-selection process and apply PRAISSS-worthy to their own writing (1 Page, 1 Google Form)


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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.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


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