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March 12, 2006
Wednesday, March 22

Materials:
Write Source – 225-229

Warm Up:
What is a problem-solution persuasive essay?

Activity 1:
The class will read and analyze the example of a persuasive (or problem-solution) essay on pages 225-226.
When analyzing the piece of writing, students will be asked to answer the following:
1. Paragraph 1: What is the problem?
2. Paragraph 2: Why is it important?
3. Paragraph 3: What is a solution? Why will it work?
4. Paragraph 4: How can the reader help?
5. Paragraph 5: Why might someone think the solution will not work?
6. What does the writer want the reader to do?
7. What details convince the reader to take the problem seriously?
8. What details persuade the reader to help solve the problem?
9. Which paragraphs deal with the problem?
10. Which paragraphs deal with the solution?
11. What words or phrases make the voice of the writer persuasive?

Activity 2:
Review the keys to effective prewriting on pg. 227. Get out your concept map you worked on while reading “Where Is Cyberspace?” and compare it to the concept map (called a “topics cluster” in Write Source). Using the information on your concept map, complete a gathering chart (see pg. 229 in Write Source on page 229. You will need to refer back to your research paper for more information.
Gathering Chart

Problem: The school might cancel the Jekyll Island trip.
Why does the problem exist? Why should the problem be solved?
The Jekyll Island trip cost $180. Without the Jekyll Island trip, students wouldn’t get to do the outdoor projects.
Next year the trip will cost $300. Money should be no object when it comes to educating students.
The school budget has been cut. Nature is the place to learn about nature;. Therefore, the issue here is priority on where the money should be spent.
The economy has been bad. A bad economy should not impact what is best for kids.
Everybody goes or nobody goes. Srudents want to us to save the camp experience, too.


The 1st part of a problem-solution essay should convince the reader a problem exists. The 2nd part of the essay should propose a solution that the reader could do. Organizing your details carefully will help the writer make their essay clear and persuasive.

Night Write: March Night Writes

Complete the gathering chart that was started in class.

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