Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adding A Little SOAP to our School Initiative

Here at McKee: 

                                         i.    We use Marking the Text for Reading
                                       ii.    We use Cornell Notes for Organization
                                      iii.    We will use SOAP for Writing. When you read a piece, you have to identify the SOAP. As the writer, you need to know your SOAP. SOAP is straightforward. Check it out à
The SOAP method is an extremely helpful tool to anyone needing to read and write. What the SOAP method does, is break down your reading and writing so that you can figure out what your thesis is, because every essay needs a thesis. Once you have your thesis, the essay can be formed easily.
Think about the subject you are writing about. For example, let's pretend I was writing about the benefits of ballroom dancing. My subject would be the benefits of ballroom dancing.
What is the occasion that you will be writing about? Why are you writing the essay in the first place? If I use my last example, I would say that the occasion of my essay is to inform readers the health benefits of ballroom dancing.
Who are you writing your essay to? Who do you want to read it? This plays a big part of your essay because if you don't know who you're writing to, it will be pretty hard to come up with what to write. In my example, my audience is anyone who is wondering how to lose weight, and also anyone who is interested in ballroom dancing. When you know who you are writing to, you can figure out what kind of tone to take with the essay.
What is the purpose of your essay? Are you trying to persuade someone, simply inform someone, or describing something? If you don't know the purpose of your essay, you can easily get confused and lost. In my example, I am trying to inform readers about the health benefits in dancing to lose weight. That is my purpose.
Once you have these 5 things filled out, you have effectively figured out your thesis. With your thesis, you can start writing your essay. In my example, using this, I could do my introduction, and in the body paragraphs I could explain the benefits of ballroom dancing and then write my conclusion. 

This technique can be used in ANY subject area. Throughout the remainder of the school year we will learn how we can reinforce what is happening in English Language Arts and Social Studies by using SOAP & selectively using the rubric from the NYC Performance Assessment for Writing. Click here to check out the NYC Performance Assessment ELA Rubric for the 11th-12th grade .

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