Paper Workshop: Retrofitting Problem Statements

What happens when you're in the middle of a research paper and a new argument arises from the research? Young writers learn to retrofit their problem statements in the middle of the research process with a lesson focused on argumentative writing. Working with groups, they discuss the ways to change existing problem statements to more accurately reflect the supporting evidence.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in the middle of a research unit before learners have completed their final papers
  • Assign a short argumentative paper to prepare for the lesson and a larger unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Connected to Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
  • The final part of a 12-lesson unit on argumentative writing

  • Encourages active listening and collaboration in the research process
  • Includes all necessary graphic organizers and reference handouts

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