scaffolding the process for argumentative essays
UX, Education, Curriculum Design
By the time many American students reach 11th grade, they are often struggling in writing. This scaffolded format makes the essay process visual and segmented, calling attention to certain standardized “moves” and structure.
Create a scaffolded essay writing process for students reading and writing between a 2nd and 12th grade level that makes research, structure, and organization accessible to students. The goal is for students to learn these moves in order to focus on argument.
Borrowing sentence scaffolds from “They Say/I Say,” design a tactile and visual process for understanding and organizing argumentative essays. Prototype and modify lessons in-class.
Outcomes and Takeaways
Using this method, students typically jumped two TN argumentative writing rubric levels and wrote up to five times as much. This format has been adopted in several schools across the country and abroad.