Rock the Common Core: Scaffolding The Argumentative Essay

Teachers across the city share a common struggle this year: teaching the argumentative essay. We have been charged with leading all students to attain this core college and career skill, and yet for many, we find we must both adopt and invent better strategies for developing this competency in all learners. This is a time for classroom innovators to mount up and help each other find solutions. This challenge asks middle and high school teachers to share their best instructional techniques for scaffolding high outcomes in Common Core Power Standard 1: Writing Arguments to Support Claims in an Analysis of Substantive Topics or Texts, Using Valid Reasoning, and Relevant and Sufficient Evidence.

In partnership with colleagues or a coach, your challenge is to produce a short (5-10 minute) screencast and/or video that illustrates a compelling and effective technique, resource, or strategy that you have used to teach argumentative writing in your class. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: footage of classroom practice, narrated screencasts and presentations and attachments of resources, with an eye towards producing something that another teacher could easily adopt and adapt. Remember, in addition to gaining you well-deserved peer recognition and feedback on your work, these short videos will serve as a valuable resource to other practitioners.

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Rock the Common Core: Scaffolding The Argumentative Essay

 

Teachers across the city share a common struggle this year: teaching the argumentative essay.  We have been charged with leading all students to attain this core college and career skill, and yet for many, we find we must both adopt and invent better strategies for developing this competency in all learners.  This is a time for classroom innovators to mount up and help each other find solutions.  This challenge asks middle and high school teachers to share their best instructional techniques for scaffolding high outcomes in Common Core Power Standard 1: Writing Arguments to Support Claims in an Analysis of Substantive Topics or Texts, Using Valid Reasoning, and Relevant and Sufficient Evidence.  

In partnership with colleagues or a coach, your challenge is to produce a short (5-10 minute) screencast and/or video that illustrates a compelling and effective technique, resource, or strategy that you have used to teach argumentative writing in your class.  Submissions may include, but are not limited to: footage of classroom practice, narrated screencasts and presentations and attachments of resources, with an eye towards producing something that another teacher could easily adopt and adapt.  Remember, in addition to gaining you well-deserved peer recognition and feedback on your work, these short videos will serve as a valuable resource to other practitioners.

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