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Craft a Claim and Counterclaim

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Need a good resource that shows writers how to craft a claim and counter claim in an argumentative essay? A seven-part video series uses the first chapter of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk as an anchor text to model the entire...
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Draft an Introduction to a Persuasive Letter

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Where to begin? For many young writers the hardest part is figuring out how to start. The narrator of this short video models how to hook the reader's interest and preview the central argument of a persuasive letter. "The Little Owls...
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Organize Information for an Argumentative Essay

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Here’s a short video that models for writers how to prioritize evidence for an argumentative essay.  After evidence has been collected, boxes and bullets are used to organize and order this evidence. By spending more time on the planning...
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Jamie Ford’s historical novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, explores the relationship between a young Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl set against the backdrop of Seattle during World War II. The teaching...
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Speech in the Virginia Convention

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
“. . .different men often see the same subject in different lights. . .” but the great orator Patrick Henry used all the skills at his command to craft a speech to convince listeners to see things as he did--that liberty was worth dying...
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Transition Words and Phrases: Road Signs for the Reader

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Therefore! However! Furthermore! Explore the power of transition words and phrases. Signal your readers by suggesting the relationship between different thoughts or points. Help them demonstrate an understanding of word relationships. 
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Analyzing Persuasion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech launches a study of rhetorical devices such as hyperbole, allusion, metaphor, simile, personification, connotative language and parallel structure. Class members then...
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Organizing Your Argument

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Constructing a well-organized argument is the focus of this tutorial, originally created for the Purdue University writing program. The slides can be adapted for any composition course or writing unit. 
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Transition Words

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Translate transition words for your class with this handout and brief exercise. Fairly straightforward and informative, it includes sample sentences and a working link to a more complete list of transition words. There are two different...
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For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Transitions are the focus of a presentation that includes information about the importance of transitions and types of transitions. Included is a list of commonly used transition words.
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Effective Literary Analyses

For Teachers Higher Ed Standards
After modeling how to write responses to literature that provide an interpretation, recognize ambiguities, nuances, and complexities, class groups are presented with short stories and/or art transparencies and asked to craft their own...