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Talk/Write Manual Part 1: Essay Organization

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Talk/Write Manual Part 1: Essay Organization

Traditional approaches to essay writing usually involve teaching paragraph structure and, once learned, expanding the paragraph into an essay. Talk/Write takes a different approach on multiple levels: Students are taught how and why to tap conversational skills and prior experience when writing. To increase retention of ideas and ease the writing process, students are also taught use of a preliminary (and reduced) map, a graphic organizer, in Part 1 that is further developed in Part 2.

The general organization of the Talk/Write program follows the principles of ‘schema’ (cognitively connected concepts) development: Similar to a spider’s building of a web, the basic strands of the web are created (structure) in Part 1, and are further developed and expanded in detail in Part 2.

Part 1’s sequence of activities is shown below:

Steps to Creating a Basic 3 Part Eassay Structure

Role Play to Demonstrate Students’ Conversational Ability to Persuade

Use of an essay model to identify/label essay elements needed for persuasion.

Completion of a three part graphic organizer for the model essay.

Student recall of the graphic organizer and essay elements.

Student use of the organizer to verbalize basic essay elements

Adding Detail to Structure/Filling in the Map

Use Talk/Write methods to

1. Create thesis sentences that are specific and ease essay idea development.

2. Come up with reasons for readers to believe thesis sentences.

Summarize key essay ideas in an introduction paragraph

Talk/Write Manual Part 1: Essay Development and Evaluation:

Lesson 1: Introductions, Goals, Rules & Pre-Test
Lesson 2: Identifying Key Essay Ideas & Parts
Lesson 3: Making Maps
Lesson 4-1: Making Topics Specific
Lesson 4-2: Creating Opinion Sentences
Lesson 4-3: Evaluating Opinion Sentences
Lesson 5: Coming up With Reasons
Lesson 6: Writing Introduction Paragraphs

Student and teacher forms for activities are included at the end of each lesson



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