How to Teach Argumentative Essay Writing - Busy Teacher
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Teaching Essay Writing in Secondary Schools - Education
The course meets one night a week for three hours for 15 weeks and the approach includes reading a good deal of pedagogical theory surrounding the essay as a practice. (In its 2015 incarnation, this course will be taught online to better serve secondary teachers in greater Nebraska.) Students write several essays, both and , and we read compelling examples of the same; the teachers in the class develop . Teachers in my fall 2013 section, for example, implemented new units for their classes at Lincoln North Star High School, Lincoln Lutheran High School, Lincoln East High School, Metro Community College-Omaha, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Several of my undergraduate students published their course essays in the department’s undergraduate literary magazine, and one of my graduate students, Darin Jensen, won last year’s Robinson Award for the best graduate student essay in the department.
So here's how I teach argumentative essay writing.
I wanted to teach essay writing in an engaging way. The kids really enjoyed the program. I think it’s a great program and I intend to use it again this coming year. If the kids like it, and they did, that’s success! When programs are this good, I don’t mind giving credit where credit is due.
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What’s the toughest part of your work as an educator? You are used to teaching lessons… you already have the knowledge, so it’s not that difficult to express it. However, the task of motivating your students to write falls in another category. It’s hard for you to take control over the process and explain how they should infuse their creativity into the rigid form of academic writing. The following online resources will help you teach essay writing in a more inspiring way.4. Busy Teacher features a detailed guide that teaches educators how to teach essay writing. First, you need to understand the writing process before you can guide your students through it. Some teachers just assign a topic and expect everyone to deliver a perfect paper. Don’t do that! Academic writing is a complex skill that can only be developed under proper guidance. Rely on these tips to learn how to be there for your students through every stage of the process.1. Schools rarely provide teachers with clear lesson plans on essay writing. You have full authority over this aspect of education, so you need to set clear goals that your students will achieve step by step. Scholastic offers lesson plans for all grades. You will discover resources that will help you cover the basics of academic writing, but you can continue using the same website when your students make progress.Your students can start with any style introduction that seems most effective, but the body of the essay should be rather straightforward. The writer should choose between two and four of the most convincing arguments and write one paragraph about each. It is very important that he supports his opinion with objective proof – facts, statistics, typical examples, and opinions of established experts – and not just statements of his own beliefs and opinions. Without this type of support, the argument will not be convincing. If you are teaching advanced students, this might be a natural place to look at logical fallacies and how to avoid them in this type of essay. Once the body paragraphs are written, have your students arrange their arguments in order – weakest to strongest – and end with the most compelling of the arguments.