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Chapter 5: Writing Lessons from the Classroom
In this chapter, we will present three lessons that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Writing. In the Grades 6–8 lesson, Argument Rotation, students learn through collaboration how to construct effective arguments. The second lesson, Cyberbullying Letters, appropriate for Grades 9–10, focuses on synthesizing information from research to compose letters that advocate for cyberbullying prevention. Lastly, in the Grades 11–12 lesson, This American Life, students use information that they gather from interviews and other research to compose a multimodal story.
Within the first lesson, Argument Rotation, we examine the logical structure of argument and effective rhetorical approaches to forming a good argument. Students write an evidence-based argument essay. In ...