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POW + TREE . A Strategy for Persuasive Writing. Develop Background Knowledge What skills need explicit instruction?. Given a prompting question can the student: Decide what he or she believes? Respond clearly writing those beliefs?
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POW + TREE A Strategy for Persuasive Writing
Develop Background KnowledgeWhat skills needexplicitinstruction? • Given a prompting question can the student: • Decide what he or she believes? • Respond clearly writing those beliefs? • Given a graphic organizer and information ,can the student appropriately fill in the organizer? • Given his or her topic sentence, can the student provide up to three written reasons to support the topic sentence? • Given his or her topic sentence and reasons to support that topic sentence, can the student elaborate on those reasons? • Given the topic sentence, reasons to support , and elaborations, can the student compose a statement summarizing the information? • Given the information in a graphic organizer, can the student construct a complete paragraph?
Discuss the strategy • Why persuasive writing is important • POW + TREE tool can help improve the writing • POW gives you POWer when you write • Help remember parts of a persuasive essay • Help Organize ideas
Model POW + TREE Strategy • P Pick my idea • O Organize my notes using TREE • T Topic Sentence Tell what you believe • R Reasons 3 or more • E Examples Why do I believe this? Will my readers believe it? • E Ending Wrap it up right! • W Write and say more.
Promote Memorization • Have students practice in pairs with cue cards • Provide Scaffolded Support • Poster >Student Made Cue Cards (w/o poster)> >No Cue Cards • Encourage Independent Use • Are the students actually using the strategy? • Has their writing performance improved? • Do the students see the strategy as valuable? • Can they use the strategy in other expository writing assignments (e.g., compare and contrast)?
References The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (2006). Improving writingperformance: A strategy for writing expository essays. Retrieved on [February 24, 2011] from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/pow/chalcycle.htm Harris, K. R., Graham, S., Mason, L., & Friedlander, B. (2008). Powerful writing strategiesfor all students. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
References Project Write http://hobbs.vanderbilt.edu/projectwrite/