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Teaching a Technology-Enriched Persuasive Essay Writing Unit

Grade 7 Sample Unit

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Session 1 – Collecting Writing Ideas Using Blogs

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

· Content Teaching Points: How do we get students to start thinking and writing their thoughts and ideas about a topic?
· Technology Teaching Points: By what means can we use a blog to immerse students in information about healthy bodies and give them a way to share their ideas with one another?





Session 2 – Selecting Writing Topics Using Blogs

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can writers use questioning to narrow their persuasive essay topics?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can a blog be used to help guide writers in narrowing their topics?





Session 3 – Using Word to Organize Research

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can we gather relevant information that will support the thesis of our persuasive essay?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can we use a table in Microsoft Word to help organize the data we have collected?




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Session 4 – Drafing with Word

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can writers create effective body paragraphs to support their arguments?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can the outline tool in Microsoft Word help writers see how to organize paragraphs?




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Session 5 – Revising Transitions Using Inspiration

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can we help our arguments flow more smoothly using transitional words and phrases?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can we create an Inspiration flow chart to map our paragraphs?




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Session 6 – Using Word to Enhance Peer Editing

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can we help our readers engage with our arguments by editing for grammar?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can we use the Microsoft Word voice comment tool to improve the flow of our persuasive essays?




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Session 7 - Publishing with Microsoft Word

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: How can we grab our readers' attention and emphasize key points of our arguments?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can we format a persuasive essay using Microsoft Word tools?





Session 8 – Celebrating Using Blogs

Authors: Karen Ashby, Maritza Azaria, Jaime Brogan, Matt Buxton, Joseph Dempsey, Joan Fiorillo, Sharon Freedman, William Heller, Joeomi Hong, Edith Korzan, Lisa Nielsen, Kristen Pelenkakis, Judith Schaffner, Vera E. Sims, Aubry Threlkeld, and Cathy Wilson Daly

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Content Teaching Points: Why is it important to receive feedback on a persuasive essay?
· Technology Teaching Points: How can a blog provide authenticity and meaning to a persuasive essay?








Facilitator Notes:
You are encouraged to customize the materials to your teaching style.
Please add your own contact information in the last slide of your PowerPoints before presenting.