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ERIC Number: EJ1141922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Fruitful Bias and the Roles of Experience, Action, Dialogue, and Visual Material in Opinion and Argument Writing
Snow, Carrie C.
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, v15 n1 p55-65 2017
In this essay, I reflect on over 15 years of experience in the field of special education to explore diverse ways of engaging students in opinion and argument writing. I outline, according to the Common Core standards, the progression of writing in the early years with an emphasis on opinion writing through the later elementary, middle, and high school years, when the focus shifts to argument writing. I suggest that bias is a central feature to both opinion and argument writing that can uphold students' ability to sustain interest in their writing as well as contribute to writing that is dynamic and rich. The essay highlights how three particular teaching stances--action-oriented, Socratic Seminar, and visual--can offer meaningful learning experiences for students who learn in unconventional ways, such as those with Learning Disabilities (LD).
Descriptors: Opinions, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Special Education, Common Core State Standards, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Disabilities, Bias, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Questioning Techniques, Visual Aids, Experience
Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc. P.O. Box 142, Weston, MA 02493. Tel: 781-890-5399; Fax: 781-890-0555; Web site: http://www.ldw-ldcj.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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