|1.||Imagine that you are a student who is participating in this lesson. What is your experience? What kind of thinking are you doing? What are you learning?|
|2.||Then think yourself into the role of the teacher who is leading the lesson. What are you doing? Why are you doing it? How are you handling the three phases of the lesson— anticipation, building knowledge, and consolidation?|
The teacher introduces the topic of writing to persuade this way:
Teacher:Today's activity involves a skill that will be of use to you throughout your life. Often we see situations that we do not like and the question arises: What can we do to change this situation? It is not enoughsimply to complain to one another. A more effective approach might be to talk to the person in charge, someonewho has a bit of power and is able to change the situation. If we talk convincingly, perhaps we will have someeffect. But one of the most powerful tools we have is our ability to write. A persuasive letter not only enables usto refine and think through our arguments, but it also remains as proof that we have, in fact, complained. Ifyou wish to carry your complaint further, you have this letter as evidence.