Mr. Zeiger's ENGLISH COMPOSITION 101 class.
Established Goals. Students learn how to write essays based on comprehension and analysis of texts. (See also: DCC's First-Year English Syallbus, WPA Outcome Statement).
Enduring Understanding. Quality writing is—above all else—persuasive.
Essential Questions. What are the main qualities that make writing persuasive? How can we elevate our own persuasive-writing skills?
Knowledge and Skills. Close reading, academic conversing, quality writing. By that I mean,
Students can use the following close reading strategies
- summary statements
- question statements
- prediction statements
- critical statements
- reader response statements
- Elaborate and clarify
- Support with ideas and examples
- Build on and/or challenge a partner's idea
- Synthesize conversation points
- is sonically appealing
- uses clear sentence structure
- improves with revision
OK, so that's a start. Later this week, I want to explain what I mean by persuasive writing—and why I value it so dearly. I also want to delve into the importance of "sonically appealing" prose.