Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference:
Writing Remix 2019
Modes & Genres
Meet the Argumentative Writing Standard
Collect details for all perspectives
Identify details, facts, pros/cons, strengths/weaknesses, etc. for all sides.
Several websites offer excellent informative text that reveals hot topics, current trends, and kid-friendly issues.
Infer a commercial’s claim
Choose a position in 4 steps
Teach students to first chart the perspectives before choosing a position.
Review this video clip explaining the four steps to align with the strongest position, not personal opinion.
List many good reasons
Collect details to infer reasons
Teach students how to collect, cut, group, and rank their details. Download a list of statements for/pro and against/con genetic engineering.
Observe a 30-minute lesson and activity executed in a Concord Junior High science class.
Order reasons for maximum effect
Present both sides
A more sophisticated organization is the They say… I say… rhythm. This organization creates an interior debate where the writer juggles both perspectives throughout the body. (Taylor Swift’s letter to Apple demonstrates this organization.)