Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 9A

May 16th, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980's.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics or broadcast journalism to all aspects of the teaching of high school English.  Each lesson included a lesson plan and notes.  I'm sharing these with you here.writingmini.jpg

UNIT OBJECTIVE: (IX) The student will improve skills in writing the essay of opinion by composing and recording a commentary.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (A) The student will discriminate in a quiz between reasons, examples, details and experiences.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil

INTRODUCTION: When we express our opinions about things, we have to be prepared to defend those judgments. There are a number of ways we can do that.


1. Discuss reasons and elicit an example or two.

2. Discuss examples and elicit an example or two.

3. Discuss details and elicit an example or two.

4. Discuss experiences and elicit an example or two.

5. Give the quiz provided.

EVALUATION FOCUS: Each of the types of evidence has a unique purpose. Satisfy yourself that all students master their distinctions.

Notes (IX.A)

You can find detailed explanations of the four types of support sentences in any elementary writing text. My quiz offers examples of each. The students identify the examples as to type.

"... Electric vehicles are quiet. And they don't pollute the air with their exhaust." (reasons)

"... One university-sponsored electric car drove trouble-free from Detroit to Los Angeles." (example)

"... The interior is spacious. A state-of-the-art sound system entertains you. Leather seats cradle your body. A functional control console waits at your finger tips." (details)

"... The electric performed well on the highway. We were never concerned its power would peter out pushing a persistent sixty." (experience)