With a SMART Board in his classroom, he created a PowerPoint presentation to provide feedback and reflection from their first writing task. He reviewed the form, looking closely at the purpose, audience and problem posed in the letter, asking students to think about what proposed solution they would offer. He scaffolded his lesson and shared his expectations with the students for them to think about what arguments they can make to support their stance. He has threaded in an example of a letter to review conventions and text features of a letter.
From this lesson, students are crafting their own persuasive letter around an issue.
In addition to the lesson discussing the elements and form of writing, Justus uses success criteria with his students so that the expectations are clear and concise for them. Seeing as this is a part of their pathway, the criteria was brainstormed and created with his grade team so that there is consistency from class to class.
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