I'm excited to
link-up with Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns to explore writing strategies!
When I begin to teach a specific type of writing, I always start with the relevant vocabulary. I want to think that a middle schooler would know what "evidence" is but I almost always discover that I'm only maybe 1/2 right. ;) And since there's so sense in talking about how to cite evidence when some students don't even know what evidence is, we have to start with the critical content of definitions.
So let's take Argumentative Writing, for example. There are many terms like claim, opposing
claim, counter-claim, evidence (both relevant and irrelevant), reasoning, logos, pathos, ethos, purpose and audience that students need to be familiar with and I would like them to become part of their notebooks so that these words can be referred to over and over.
And, since research says that visuals improve comprehension and increase retention, I created Pixanotes!
To use the fill-in-the-blanks with my class, I put a word bank on the board and allow students to work with a partner and a dictionary. Then students are asked to cut out the picture flaps and match them to the definitions. Once I have checked that their flaps are in the correct locations, then they are allowed to glue them in.
Next, students need to practice with their new concepts, so I added a matching dominoes game!
Next time, I'll share how I teach organization! Until then, thanks for stopping by!