Date of publication: 2017-08-27 14:17
The goal of Bubblegum Letters: A Persuasive Writing Activity is to create an authentic writing opportunity that motivates students to write persuasive letters to a target audience. Watch a video of this writing activity in action
Not a bad introduction really, but rather scant. I have no idea, for instance, which societies will be discussed or what the theme of the paper will be. That is, while I can see what the general topic is, I still don't know the way the writer will draw the facts together, or even really what the paper is arguing in favor of.
The biggest factor that influences the effect of writing activities is the nature of the feedback students receive. At the extreme end of the spectrum, students may receive no feedback at all. Or perhaps only receive a grade with no comments about their specific performance.
Now it is clear which societies will be discussed (Egypt, Greece, France, Islam) and what the general theme of the paper will be (the variable paths to empowerment women have found over time). Now I know where this paper is going and what it's really about.
In a persuasive essay, it’s the writer’s job to convince the reader to accept a particular point of view or take a specific action. Persuasive essays require good research, awareness of the reader’s biases, and a solid understanding of both sides of the issue. A good persuasive essay demonstrates not only why the writer’s opinion is correct, but also why the opposing view is incorrect.
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. He would later go on to use these words to inspire a nation and call people to action. In this award-winning book, powerful portraits of King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.
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Most importantly, this revision cycle needs to happen as rapidly as possible. One study found that more than 95% of institutions provided feedback that was too late to be useful.  When it takes a week or two to get feedback to students, the flow of the learning process breaks and students tend to lose interest in the assignment.
Feedback comments should be limited to three or four major suggestions. This might mean restraining yourself from pointing out every single mistake or suggesting every improvement that comes to mind.
If you do decide to include both types of feedback, it's important to clearly divide your comments into one category or the other, and prioritize your content comments over your error corrections.
This can also help teachers. Having your students write is one of the best ways to get inside their heads and assess their level of understanding. By providing feedback to students before a topic is over, you give yourself the chance to adjust content or teaching strategies based on actual learning needs.
Everyone writes essays in English class but writing activities pay dividends in any domain. We've known this for a while. It's one of the reasons writing across the curriculum (WAC) programs have gained popularity since the 6985s.
Feedback is about guidance. Diagnosis of what is wrong can be part of the process, but it must be accompanied by clear suggestions for improvement: "Here's what's wrong and here's how to fix it."
Persuasive Communication (Grades 9-67)
Use this lesson and a thorough class discussion of advertisements to illustrate how frequently your students experience persuasive communication.