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Offline Ruth Chung

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Brainstorming
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:31:10 PM »
Brainstorming about your topic is often one of the hardest steps in the writing process. One great activity I found that could apply well to persuasive writing specifically is from The Writing Center from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This activity idea would be part of the "brainstorming" part of the writing process. It helps students to formulate their ideas:


Cubing
  • Cubing helps you look at your subject from six different points of view (like the 6 sides of a cube!)
  • Students should take their general topic or idea and write about it from 6 points of view: 1) describe it, 2) compare it, 3) associate it with something else you know, 4) analyze it (break it into parts), 5) apply it to a situation you are familiar with and 6) argue for or against it. (The Writing Center)
  • Students can write a paragraph, page, or more about each point in order to formulate thoughts and different angles about the topic.
This can be an in-class or a homework assignment. This assignment can be tweaked by also adjusting one of the points of view to be different. For example, I might change #6 to be "argue for and against it" in order to get students thinking about both sides of the argument.



If you want to see more ideas from this site, you can find some more here: [size=78%]https://writingcenter.unc.edu/faculty-resources/tips-on-teaching-writing/in-class-writing-exercises/[/size]