writing essentials: genre-based writing instruction

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Elementary Course Assignments
Middle School Course Assignments
High School Course Assignments

Target essential skills

Plan persuasive-writing experiences.

Tie the three major writing standards to author purposes.

Focus on the “trump” traits.

Purchase additional informative-writing resources.

Identify debatable topics

Clarify the differences between genres.

Introduce the scales to visually depict the differences among persuasive genres.

Reveal mentor text that expresses an opinion.

Identify characters’ perspectives in literature.

Identify authors’ perspectives in informational text.

Start with commercials where the claim is very clear.

Infer less obvious claims presented in public service announcements.

Write about topics.

Traditional persuasive writing tasks are based on personal preference and background knowledge.

Write about texts.

Apply the what-and-why formula to constructed responses.

State the position

Determine the strongest side.

Introduce a 4-step process.

Watch the kindergartners at Concord South Elementary discern between duck details and rabbit details based on Duck! Rabbit!

List details and facts for both sides.

Introduce the topic and position.

Reveal common ingredients to an introduction.

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