Katie Clement’s session at #TCRWP’s 96th Saturday Reunion was titled “Teaching Literary Essay as a Vehicle for Teaching High-Level Opinion and Argument Writing Skills” and it was packed with gems of information.
What is the purpose of the writing?
When students are thinking about the audience for their writing, they are also thinking through the lens of what will appeal to that audience. Sounds easy. But is it? This may be the part that gets messy and then means that the essay may become a blend of other formats including packing in some information or a microstory. Mining a story for ideas for a claim/thesis and then supporting that claim/thesis would allow students to practice building compelling opinions and arguments beyond just listing their ideas.
What mentor text might you use?
I love Katherine Bomer’s The Journey is Everything found here. This text helped me grow my own knowledge of an essay. Katie also suggested this resource. Have you seen it?
What are some qualities of essays? 38 Total Essays. Sounds like fun inquiry that I need to dig into! (I’m waiting for the book to arrive.)
How have you studied essay?
What do your own essays look like?
What do “essays in the world” look like?
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