JTCLASSBLU 15
Genre Specific Writing


Opinion/Persuasive/Argumentative Writing (one day workshop)


About the Workshop:

Opinion, persuasive and argumentative writing are center stage in assessment and, therefore, instruction. While most teachers have always included this genre as part of their instruction, our students are now expected to do more of it and at a higher level of proficiency. In this workshop, participants will examine the differences between these three aspects as well as how to teach them in a manner that allows for greater success. We’ll also explore developing assignments that are geared to different audiences and use various formats.

Outcomes:

In this introductory presentation, participants will:
  • Explain the differences between opinion, persuasive, and argumentative writing
  • Incorporate various formats and audiences into their o/p/a writing assignments
  • Examine the use of evidence in o/p/a writing


Informational Writing (one day workshop)

About the Workshop

Many students struggle crafting informative AND engaging text.  Oftentimes, they try to incorporate all the information they’ve uncovered and overwhelm their readers.  As teachers, our responsibility is to help students find their topic, narrow down their focus, eliminate unnecessary information, and organize their information.  In this workshop, we’ll examine various methods to help students move away from dull, lifeless informational text to pieces that are alive and fascinating!

Outcomes:

In this introductory presentation, Participants will:
  • Identify the characteristics of strong informational writing
  • Incorporate various formats and audiences into their informational writing assignments
  • Examine the instructional strategies that lead to successful informational writing