From your experience working with teachers at any level from 4th through 12th, what are the chief concerns and needs that these teachers have related to teaching expository and persuasive writing?
Let me give you a bit of context behind my question, so you know why I asked and what I am looking for:
I am a community college writing teacher, and I will be leading an Open Institute focusing on college readiness in writing. I’m from Texas where we are implementing a new standardized test that will emphasize the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards and a whole lot more expository and persuasive writing. The previous emphasis (as far as the test was concerned) focused more on expressive and narrative writing, so many teachers are feeling flat-footed when it come to teaching this different kind of writing.
Since I teach at the college level, I am seeking more perspective from the K-12 teachers’ perspective to help me design this workshop.
What are key and strategic things that these teachers most need to help them teach expository and persuasive writing better?
Here’s the link to the Open Institute if you are interested in seeing how it is advertized: http://www.sanantoniowritingproject.org/CROpen/CROpen-info.html
Thanks so much for your help.
Co-Director, San Antonio Writing Project