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1 English SOL Institute Secondary Persuasive Writing Workshop Maureen Jensen, Gifted Resource Teacher Amy Hale, Assistant Principal Central Virginia Writing Project All resources (and more) can be found at

2 Persuasive Writing Move students away from 5 paragraph, formulaic writing Conferencing, guided writing, revising, sharing, and using mentor texts builds skills Writing portfolios support student growth K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

3 Persuasive Writing Teach writing; don’t merely assign it Teach peer revision/editing; putting students in groups is NOT teaching peer editing Focus on purpose and audience Provide opportunities for students to change voice and audience K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

4 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Persuasive Writing Every piece of writing does not have to be graded! Do incorporate writing into every lesson Don’t correct every error in student papers Use VDOE Resources including anchor sets and writing checklists

5 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Today’s Agenda Part I – Workshop Quick Write Choice Board or RAFT Drafting Mini-Lessons and Mentor Texts Revising Conferring Sharing Part II – Rubric and Anchor Papers

6 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Quick Write 1. Promote personal connection 2. Assess student knowledge 3. Summarize reading or lesson 4. Reflect 5. Encourage critical thinking 6. Making predictions, inferences, hypotheses

7 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Idea Generation RAFT Choice Board Newspaper/Magazine TV/Radio Content area discuss/debates

8 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Drafting 1.Look at the RAFT and Choice Board 2.Make a prompt selection 3.Draft Let’s look at the Workshop Flow Cart

9 Mentor Texts help students envision possibilities for their own writing provide a model inspire and ignite encourage students to take risks by trying something new This is how real writers work – they look to other writers for ideas, craft, and structure.

10 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Mini-Lesson From Mini-Lessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise Grades 3-8 by Karen Caine Things that Bother Me Turning Lists into Paragraphs Finding an Audience Using Humor to Persuade Writing a Thesis Statement All Reasons Are Not Created Equal Writing Quickly and Continuously to Find First Thoughts Loaded Language: Positive, Neutral, and Negative Some Might Think: How to Write Counterarguments Rhetorical Questions: Statements in Disguise Leads that Capture the Reader’s Interest Smooth Transitions Cut It Out! Deleting Unnecessary Words Call to Action

11 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Mini-Lesson: The Essay Structure Today’s Mini-Lesson The marriage between mini-lesson and mentor text is a strong one.

12 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Go back to your draft and revise based on what you learned in today’s mini-lesson. Revision

13 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Conferring Questions for teachers to consider: What are the goals of a writing conference? When should I confer with students about their writing? What will conferring look like in my classroom? What are the teaching moves in a writing conference? What should I teach in a writing conference? How do I teach conferring procedures?

14 Peer Conferences Teach-In 2006 Teacher establishes a methodical procedure for conferences Teacher models response and conduct in mini-lesson Typically student author reads draft aloud Listeners record feedback on sheet or sticky- notes (what’s going well/possibilities for change) Writer takes notes from feedback to help with revision Writer ends with explaining plans for change

15 K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013 Sharing (Author’s Chair) Author’s Chair Feedback Quote Back “My favorite part was…” “I like your use of the word…” Question “Why did you decide to…” “How did you come up with…” “Where do you plan to go with…” Connect “Your writing reminds me of…”

16 Instruction Anchor Sets K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

17 Persuasive Writing Checklist Add screenshot K-12 English SOL Institute October 2013

18 Contact Information Maureen Jensen Albemarle County Public Schools Amy Hale Campbell County Public Schools

19 19 Reference within this presentation to any specific commercial or non-commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Virginia Department of Education. Disclaimer


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