Compose Yourself!: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing in Secondary School

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2010 - Education - 180 pages
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At long last someone has produced THE practical guide for teaching analytical writing! Compose Yourself! lays out everything a teacher needs for teaching the art of clear, complete and well-organized writing in the content areas. In fact, I would purchase this guide for students as well as teachers-and not just for high school, but for both middle school and college as well. -Dr. Katherine Nolan, Education Consultant Finally, a book on how to teach analytical writing in all subjects. And the toolbox! I was thrilled to find templates, rubrics, and clear-cut examples for descriptive, process, and persuasive writing. Compose Yourself! is a must have for all teachers. -Susan King, Magnet School Administrator, Tampa FL, MSA National Board, National Presenter We are perceived by how well we write. Currently our nation's teachers are struggling to find time and tools to teach thoughtful, logical expository writing. Compose Yourself! is a simple, straightforward writing guide for all subject area teachers working to improve their students' analytical, expository writing skills. Compose Yourself! must find a place in the toolbox of our nation's secondary teachers. -William F. Roberts, Assistant Superintendent Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (California) Compose Yourself! A Guide to Critical Thinking & Analytical Writing in Secondary School is a quick and easy guide to teaching and learning critical thinking and analytical writing at the secondary level, regardless of the subject area. It is perfect for teachers, parents, and students who want to go beyond the worksheet to strengthen their thinking and writing skills, better learn and retain information, and improve overall academic performance. After using this guide, students will be able to write clear, concise, analytical responses to complex, real-world questions in all subjects. This resource includes step-by-step processes, copious examples, writing checklists, helpful tips, and black-line masters, all to help all students improve their thinking and writing. Amy Rukea Stempel has been zealously working in education and education reform since 1989. Prior to founding Lightbulb Learning Services, which specializes in the alignment of curriculum to academic standards, literacy development, and classroom/school leadership, she has led standards and curriculum development projects for the Education Trust, Edison Schools, Inc. (formerly the Edison Project) and standards development efforts for the Council for Basic education. In addition to experience in education policy, Ms. Stempel has also taught literature in the International Baccalaureate program for many years and has happily lived the harried and stimulating life of a classroom teacher. Ms. Stempel's prior publications include, Gaining Traction, Gaining Ground: How Some High Schools Accelerate Learning for Struggling Students, Standards for Excellence in Education (contributor), Where in the World Are We? The Need for International Benchmarking, Six Case Studies of Performance Assessment, and Standards: A Vision for Learning. Many years ago, Ms. Stempel completed a B.A. in English from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies (with concentrations in literature and history) from Georgetown University.
 

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Contents

Tips for Writing a CauseEffect Essay
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Cause Effect Analysis Organizer topic
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CauseEffect Analysis Organizer
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Sample CauseEffect Template
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Tips for Writing a ProblemSolution Essay
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ProblemSolution Analysis Organizer
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ProblemSolution Analysis Organizer Topic
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Sample ProblemSolution Template
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Sample Graphic Organizer Basic MultiFlow Map
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If Nothing Else Learn This
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Sample CauseEffect Analysis Organizer
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Examples of Topics Thesis Statements for Each Text Structure
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Whats the Difference?
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The Rule of Three Explained
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The Road Map
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Getting the Audience In The Mood
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Integrating the Pieces
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The End is in Sight
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Whats In a Name?
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Assembling the Pieces of the Puzzle
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Plain Hard Work
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Eureka The Finished Essay
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Order of Operations for an Analytical Essay
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Organizing Expository Writing
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Editing The Final Draft
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Tips for Writing a CompareContrast Essay
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CompareContrast Analysis Organizer
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CompareContrast Analysis Organizer topic
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Sample CompareContrast Template
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Tips for Writing a ConceptDefinition Essay
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ConceptDefinition Analysis Organizer
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ConceptDefinition Analysis Organizer
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Sample ConceptDefinition Template
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Tips for Writing a GoalActionOutcome Process Essay
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GoalActionOutcome Analysis Organizer
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GoalActionOutcome Analysis Organizer Goal
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Sample GoalActionOutcome Template
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Tips for Writing a PropositionSupport Persuasive Essay
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PropositionSupport Analysis Organizer
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PropositionSupport Analysis Organizer
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Sample PropositionSupport Template
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Building Rubrics
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Sample Ninth Grade General Writing Rubric
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Specific Structure of Argument Criteria for Each Text Structure
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Translating the Elements of Analytical Writing for Core Subjects
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Just the Math Facts Maam
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The Lab Report
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Analytical Writing Ideas for NonCore Subjects
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Go Forth and Prosper
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