The nuanced claim, authorizing, illustrating, and borrowing: These are some of the moves used in argument writing as promoted by Joseph Harris in Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts, a foundational text of The College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP), sponsored by the National Writing Project (NWP). After teaching and reinforcing these moves with my sophomores and juniors during the fall 2016 semester, it was a simple step to prepare them for the SAT essay, because all of these moves are easily applicable.
The SAT on-demand essay, as anyone who has prepped students for taking it knows, is a 50-minute written rhetorical analysis of a non-fiction article. This rhetorical analysis is the final test in the SAT exam – when students are already drained and hungry. Last year, when I prepped my students, I focused on Aristotle’s appeals of persuasion – logos, ethos, and pathos – to look for in the article they were to analyze. This year, I improved the SAT practice opportunities by combining Aristotle’s appeals with the Harris moves from the C3WP, and the outcome, I believe, will be a better SAT essay from the students. Continue reading “From the College, Career, and Community Writers Program to the SAT Essay: A Simple Step”