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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Materials from MRA #4: Verbs Writers Do

Hello, all.  Waiting at Logan Airport for my plane to the AP Reading in Louisville, Kentucky.  This is the second time I've been an AP Reader for AP Language and Composition.  Friends think I'm crazy to travel to grade essays for seven straight days, but I enjoy it.  I get to read student work from all over the country and learn what works and what doesn't.  Plus it's fun to be in a city of English teachers for one week!

I am well on my way to reading my first book of the summer: Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle.  I promised myself I'd blog about it in a few weeks.

One activity I shared at MRA in April was the list of "Verbs Writers Do."  I try to teach all of these verbs: what they look like and what they accomplish in a paper.  Students read a model text and label what the writer is "doing" in each paragraph.  It's a kind of simplified "says/does analysis" or "says/does/because" analysis.

I hope to do this classroom routine with more regularity this new school year.  My kids need me to explicitly model the verb and examples of it.


describes
explains
develops
states a proposition
supports
narrates
contrasts
compares
provides history
introduces
conveys
lists
categorizes
notes
refers
itemizes
predicts
reflects
elaborates
reasons
focuses
asserts
traces
illustrates
posits
defends
provides an example
attacks
argues
evaluates
cites
proposes
comments
synthesizes
elaborates
demonstrates
exemplifies
deepens
expresses
offers a hypothesis
characterizes
presents
assumes
reveals an opinion
states a fact
reveals a bias
evokes
rebuts


Enjoy!  Let me know if you come up with any good lessons on this idea.

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