Embedded Assessment: Writing an Argument Essay
Our focus of study this week is writing an argument essay. We had the opportunity to visit the Learning Commons and search Cobb Virtual Library, where students worked on finding evidence and taking notes that they will to support their claim.
This week, students will be putting it all together, as they use their outlines to create a well developed argument writing. Students need to turn in the outline and the final essay this Friday March 29th. Since this assignment is being completed in class, no late work will be accepted!
Additionally, students continue working on their IXL assignment for Persuasive Strategies (a score 80% or above on each skill is needed to show mastery) :
The following resources may assist as students develop their argument writing:
Next week we will be on Spring break and school will be closed!
Conducting Effective Research to Gather Evidence for Writing
8th Grade ELA students continue to learn and apply the elements of argumentative writing to their own writing. Students continue to read examples of argumentative writing from different writers to identify the elements of argumentation and persuasive techniques.
This week, students will be learning to formulate effective questions to focus their research. They will visit the Learning Commons and learn to identify appropriate sources that can be used to support an argument.
Guidelines for writing an argumentative essay are available on page 171 of the student's Springboard text. Page 172 of the same text contains the rubric that will be used to grade the essay. Students will select from a flow map, an outline or other approved graphic organizers to take notes and develop the rough draft for their argumentative essay.
The following link provided an example for students to refer to as they work on the introduction for their argumentative essay.
Also, the grading period for Quarter 3 closed last Friday March 15, 2019. Students and parents will soon be able to check the academic progress online.
Online Report Cards available on StudentVue and ParentVue
Elements of Argumentation
This week, students will work collaboratively to analyze and identify the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the Embedded Assessment 2: Writing an Argumentative Essay. Students will select a topic from a list to develop their own argumentative writing in class. They will examine the rubric that will be used to grade their writing assignment.
As they prepare for this assessment, they will read examples of argumentative essays to identify parts of the writer's argument, evaluate the writer's ideas, point of view, or purpose. Students will learn to determine how the writer manages counterclaims and to identify and apply the six elements of argumentation in their writing.
Based on their current understanding, students will explain the similarities and differences between explanatory and argumentative writing.
Wednesday is Early Release Day: Students will be released 2 hours early
-Password is: student ID
Skill Practice : studentID@ecms