Student Success Essay

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“Old School Classroom” – Mississippi Mike, Flickr

Essential Questions:

  • What is the key to student success?
  • How can we design a school culture for student motivation?
  • According to researchers, what is the best way for students to learn?
  • What are the benefits of students learning on their own?
  • What should be the role of the teacher in the classroom?

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Academic Vocabulary and Reading Success

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Analyzing Rhetorical Texts

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Use the following questions when analyzing rhetorical texts:

  • Which kind of text structure is used? Explain.
  • Identify the main argument (thesis).
  • Analyze the rhetorical appeals (pathos, ethos, logos).
  • Identify any figurative language used (similes, metaphors, allusions, hyperbole, etc.).
  • Assess the evidence presented to back up the argument.
  • Complete SOAPStone:
    • Subject: What is the topic of the text?

      Occasion: Why is the speech being delivered or passage written? Is it a special event?

      Audience: With whom is the writer or speaker communicating? How do you know? Which words tell you?

      Purpose: What is the audience supposed to do? What lesson should they learn? How is the audience supposed to feel at the end?

      Speaker (or author): Is the speaker a reliable person to discuss this topic? What qualifications does he or she possess?

      Tone: What is the tone or attitude of the speaker or author towards the subject?