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An Applied Reading and Writing lesson asks students to apply close reading strategies and build a formal argument around a given text. All Applied Reading and Writing lessons have authentic texts for grades 3-12 (unique text and lesson for each grade level) and are centered around debatable topics.Applied Reading and Writing lessons include informational texts, but we also have applied lessons for novels, short stories, poetry. Applied lessons are for ThinkCERCA subscribing schools (with full writing platform and paperless grading). If you're interested in seeing a sample, email us at email@example.com.
- Students read a topic overview that models conceptual vocabulary they will need to really understand the context of the argument at hand. Students then make a personal connection to the topic, which can later be used in their formal argument as an introduction or detailed anecdote.
- Students read the text (with or without audio support) and complete the automated comprehension check.
- Students engage with the text by highlighting evidence and annotating according to the lesson's detailed instructions. Highlighted text and annotations are then saved to be accessed for evidence and reasoning while building the formal argument.
- Students can use provided sentence stems to summarize the text.
- Students build their arguments using our interactive graphic organizer: state their claim, use evidence to support, provide reasoning to link their evidence to their claim, address a counterargument, and use audience specific language. A student's CERCA is then stored in the argument builder, which can be accessed in the final writing step.
- Students finally create their formal argument using the CERCA framework. Students can click the "Need Help Getting Started" for sentence starters and other useful tips.
TIP: Students should use the rubric to evaluate their arguments before submitting their assignments.