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StAIR - Inform or Persuade?


StAIR - Inform or Persuade?

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This StAIR focuses on the differentiation of persuasive and informative writing elements and culminates in a performance assessment supposed to lend a contemporary meaning to what was learned. After observing the elements present in a Craigslist, students will be invited to write their own "wacky" entries and publish them to their blogs.This presentation was created on PowerPoint Kiosk Mode and contains interactive elements which require the visualization to be run in full screen mode. Download... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: April 11, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 29, 2016
Keywords: Assessment, Inform, Stand Alone Instructional Resource, informative writing, StAIR, Presentation, persuade, craigslist, persuasive writing, ads


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Avatar for Brad Riedy
3 years ago

Brad Riedy (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson seems well organized and it seems to adhere well to the UDL principles overall.  It is very easy to see that you used reverse design in creating this lesson and the goals are very clearly stated.  My primary concern is that students don’t have many options or paths to take when it comes to demonstrating their understanding of the content.  I have had any experience with flipcharts myself but would be interested to see if their was a way to incorporate and type of videocast into them for students who struggle with learning and demonstrating understanding with text.  Student who might struggle with reading may struggle with aspects of this assignment.  I would love to seem some technology aides incorporated such as text to talk to help those students who might not be able to handle the reading load that well.  Overall I think your lesson is well organized.  I spent twenty minutes reviewing your lesson and really enjoyed it.

Time spent reviewing site: I spent twenty minutes reviewing your lesson and really enjoyed it.

Avatar for shaimaa elzeini
3 years ago

shaimaa elzeini (Student)


As Brad mentioned Gitane's statement of the standards upfront was good, and including the instructional objectives....but the common core for LA and ISTE NEts was too much for one powerpoint slide and could be in the appendix for teachers.  That would be one recommendation.  She used a current craigslist and Nation slide for student's examples which are real world examples.

Craigslist has been associated with lots of phishing schemes so some lesson on cautions about websites and security may be in order.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the Craigslist Thailand but using craigslist as an example of persuasive writing was excellent.  It is about sales.  The practice slides were beneficial for the distinguishing part and finding the opinions or judgments as clues was good.  Nice visuals in the STAIR...the Happy face for correct answers was uplifting.

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20 minutes was spent reviewing this STAIR.

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3 years ago

Princess Wade (Teacher (K-12))

You have a good balance of informational text & pictorial representations. I like how you explored the website with word bubbles. The information was straight to the point and not too wordy. I also liked how you had the information of the two different writing techniques on one slide for students to compare/contrast the information. Your STaIR was engaging & kept my interest until the end.


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I like how you allowed students the option to explore beyond the STaIR.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 mins