This past week was a little crazy with all of the students in and out for NWEA testing and field trips, but we still managed to get some solid work done on the students’ op-eds. This is their final writing piece for the year and will count toward their final exam grade. It’s very important that students invest a good amount of time and energy into making these their best piece of writing from the year.
We brainstormed topics and I spoke with each student individually; students also worked on a graphic organizer to plan their piece and develop their claims. By Monday, students need a complete rough draft. Many students had enough time in class this past week to get a solid start on their drafts in class, but some students have a little more work to do this weekend. We will spend the upcoming week revising, editing citations, and looking for rhetorical strategies in the drafts. Each student will conference with me one on one at least once this week and should be prepared with questions!
Students who missed classes last week or those who need a refresher of the steps we took in class to work on the rough draft should watch the two guided videos I made last week. The first one helps students figure out what to do with the counterargument to their position. The second gives advice for organizing and beginning writing. Please encourage your students to make use of these videos as they are a good reference as they work on their drafts this weekend.
Video #1: Counterarguments
Video #2: Organizing and beginning writing
Have a great weekend! I’m looking forward to reading those drafts on Monday!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire