Scholastic’s “Write It: Essay,” for older students, incorporates interactive tutorials, exercises, publishing opportunities, message boards, and creative ideas – all meant to help students sharpen their persuasive essay-writing skills.
- Brainstorm: These tips help students find and examine a topic they feel passionately about by seeking inspiration from art, their lives, or what’s around.
- Draft: These strategies help students conduct research, organize their thoughts in an outline, and start writing.
- Review: Students learn to evaluate and improve their own work, as well as get – and give – meaningful feedback.
- Revise: Students “re-vision” their drafts, learn how to handle feedback from others, and follow a 12-point exercise to help them approach their writing from new perspectives.
- Polish: These strategies help students learn to proofread like a pro, avoid grammar and spelling mistakes, and make sure they correctly document credit where it’s due.
- Publish: A unique opportunity for students to become published writers! Here, they submit their completed work to Scholastic.com.'
- Students can Chat with Fellow Writers to get feedback on their writing.
- Students can read a published essay about stress by Brian, 15.
Derived from Scholastic's "Teacher Center: Essay"
- Students will use the following writing techniques in their essays:
- Excellent language and mechanics.
- Effective, subtle, and/or innovative organization
- Word choice is deliberate and works with the content.
- Sentence structure is varied.
- Language and rhythm are consistent throughout the piece.
- The ideas within and behind the work are well developed
- Details are chosen carefully and are not superfluous. Piece is full of “spikes”
- to grab and hold the reader’s attention.
- Each students will also use their unique experiences, ideas, and perspective to demonstrate originality:
- The idea is original and handled
- deftly in a genre and style suited to the
- subject matter.
- Each students will discover, develop, and express personal voice through writing.
- Phrasing and language are memorable
- The tone or voice is original, and the student
- seems confident in her or his own voice/style.
- Student manipulates all of the mechanics of good writing to convey feeling and meaning throughout the piece.