A Reader Asks… Sentence Stems

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A LYS Teacher asks the following:

SC,

What are the best sentence stems for critical writing?

SC Response

Good question.  A good critical writing stem meets two criteria:

1. The sentence stem requires the writer to make a connection between the sentence subject and something else. For example: prior knowledge, a past experience, a prediction, another setting, etc. 

2. The sentence stem requires the writer to think and operate at a level of rigor that is higher than comprehension.

If the sentence stem does the above two things, you are on the right track! 

Think. Work. Achieve.

Your turn…

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