This day marks the end of a unit of study focused on argument reading and writing. ELA class is not the only place that students produce this type of writing. They have also written arguments or persuasive essays in social studies, science and math classes. To determine student progress in this particular type of writing during sixth grade, they are given an extended period of time to move through the entire writing process. They will have two 90-minute blocks to research a topic, determine the pros and cons, draft, revise, edit and submit a final copy of a multi-paragraph essay.
Hopefully, each student will be engaged by one of the two topics that were chosen for this assessment. Background knowledge may help each person decide to write about a topic related to sports or one about pets. I read aloud each prompt and allow the students a few minutes to consider them and make a choice. It is interesting to note that the class is divided half and half between each!
The two articles that accompany the sports prompt are here and here. And the two articles that accompany the pets prompt are here and here.
I am in high school and typing up a complex, persuasive essay. We were instructed to use “Persuasive Techniques”. These sentence starters truly helped me, my essay is now more clearly a persuasive. These sentence starters are helpful, even in high school. As we go into higher grade levels, we are expected to write more, almost all classes assign essays. It is crucial to know the difference between a narrative, persuasive, and informative essay, its also crucial for your teachers and professors to know the difference in your writing. When using these sentence starters correctly and properly, it makes it clear to anybody who is reading your paper/essay/report/etc. what side you are on and it also makes it increasingly more clear to your teacher/professor that you understood their assignment and what they were looking for. ...Just wanted to make it clear that these sentence starters are indeed helpful, even for a student like myself who will be graduating soon.