My new post at Edutopia, “Persuasive Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards,” has just gone live. I’m in high hopes for this new wave of assessments because I see more authenticity and real world application. For one thing, Persuasive writing (Argumentation) will have a place across the curriculum in the assessments of both Math and ELA. After all, as I say in the post:
Life is persuasive. A lawyer persuades a jury. A job applicant pitches oneself as a potential employee. A scientist competes for a grant. A writer sells her idea in her query letter. Persuasive writing is a key that unlocks a world of possibilities. It is a skill that we see at every stage of life from writing the inevitable cover letter to one day hopefully writing a letter of recommendation.
School must reflect the world around it, and writing persuasively is a key skill for college and career readiness regardless of the path a student takes.
My question to all my readers is Should all teachers be held accountable for the quality of a student’s writing? Is it the burden of ELA teachers alone or do other content area teachers have a role to play in this new CCS world of Persuasive writing?