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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Do You Want to Argue About It? - Yes!

You all have been very patient with me...It's been a long time since my last post - here anyway. I got so sucked into Connected Educator Month and my Twitter series on it that you've been a bit neglected. Hopefully you tuned into some of my Tweets and checked out a few things I mentioned.

I have also been incredibly busy with my work for SDE (Staff Development for Educators)  - most recently working on some Common Core stuff. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you something that came across my email a couple of weeks ago and hopefully also give you a helpful hint.

On on f the big shift or changes that the CCSS brings to our instruction is this element of teaching students how to write for argumentation - in the good way. For older students, check out this simple, sweet getting started tid-bit from Dave Stuart's Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core.

For those of you that teach younger students, who don't yet write here's what I'd like you to remember: Asking students to form opinions and justify them verbally is the beginning of writing for argumentation. So, if you read them a great book, ask: What was your favorite part? THEN ask them: Why do you like that part so much? OR - you read a great book and you ask: How do you think that person felt? THEN - What told you so? or What makes you think that? Believe it or not you've just begun your instruction on writing for argument; your instruction in asking students for evidence about what they believe. Not so hard - right? 

I'll try and send some more Common Core tips your way over the next few weeks and months.

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