Know Thy Topic! - Polk County School District

Know Thy Topic! - Polk County School District

Know Thy Topic! Expository vs. Persuasive Standard ELACC8W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Standards ELACC8W1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

ELACC8W2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. Expository If the topic is expository, it will ask you to describe or explain. This means describe the topic so that the writer can visualize it. This does NOT mean make persuasive points or arguments for WHY you want the reader to

agree with you. Persuasive If the topic is persuasive, it will ask you to convince, persuade, or make an argument for your audience. This is when you may give reasons supporting/ arguing for or against a topic Example Writing Situation: Suppose your principal wants

to add a new class to your school. Think about a class that you would like to see added. It can be any kind of class you want. Directions for writing: Write a letter describing the class to your principal. Be sure to use specific details and examples so that your principal understands exactly how you want the class to be. Example Writing Situation: Suppose your principal wants

to add a new class to your school. Think about a class that you would like to see added. It can be any kind of class you want. Directions for writing: Write a letter convincing your principal to add your class to school. Be sure to support your argument with clear reasons. Comparison Directions for writing: Write a letter describing the class to your principal. Be sure

to use specific details and examples so that your principal understands exactly how you want the class to be. Directions for writing: Write a letter convincing your principal to add your class to school. Be sure to support your argument with clear reasons. Sample Brainstorming Expository: New Class (Drivers Ed.)

Classroom Outside Traffic Cones Parallel parking places Persuasive: New Class (Drivers Ed.) Gives kids a class to look forward to

Increases attendance Increases grades in other classes Teacher Saves parents money Driving Lessons Makes the roads safer

Famous Driver from NASCAR Lots of Experience Patient Practice driving and parking in class area Practice on the real road -parents wont have to pay for kids to have drivers ed outside of school

Saves on insurance More driving experience Real world situations Letter or essay form Look for directions IN THE TOPIC Ex. write a letter Ex. Write an article Ex. Write a speech Example

Writing Situation: Suppose your superintendent decided to only allow one form of transportation to get to and from your school? Which transportation do you think would be best? It can be a car, a bus, or anything else. Directions for Writing: Write a newspaper article in which you convince the public to support your favorite form of transportation. Be sure to persuade the audience with specific reasons. Example

Writing situation: Suppose your principal wanted to add a recess to your school day. Think about the type of activities you would like to have available to you at recess. Directions for writing: Write your principal a letter describing the type of recess that you and your friends would like to have. Be sure to include specific details and examples so that your principal understands exactly what you want.

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