Chapter 7: Coaching Students' Work with Digital Arguments

Sample Checklist for Assessment of Knowledge of Form (Blog Post)

A Favorite Tech Tool for Teaching

Both screencasting and screencapture give teachers and students the opportunity to move beyond simply documenting declarative knowledge about form and substance. To help students to create their own screencaptures and screencasts, reflecting on their work more deeply, consider the following prompts:
  • As a reader, what worked well for you in this digital argument? What did the author accomplish through the use of text, images, sounds, and other media? Where did you struggle to make meaning from this text? Ultimately, do you agree with the claim?
  • As a writer, discuss the ways in which you composed your digital argument? What is your overall claim, and what kinds of evidence did you use to support it? In what ways did you blend text, images, sounds, and other media in a logical, rhetorically sophisticated manner?
  • As a reader, how did the use of technology produce a desired effect?
  • As a writer, how did your use of technology help you to have a desired effect on your readers?

Links to blogs, readings, and other resources mentioned in Chapter 7

For more resources on teaching digital writing, please check out Troy's blog "Digital Writing, Digital Teaching" and resources on his wiki page. Additionally, check out the companion wiki for the books The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing. For resources on Connected Reading, check out the companion wiki for the book Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World.