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Having a rant

THE PERSUASIVE ESSAY GETS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

Kaua‘i ELA teacher Jaben Schalk invites his students to rant.

Concerned about how social media is affecting our lives? Have a rant.

Bothered about school work? Have a rant. 

Passionate about learning outdoors? Have a rant. 

Mr. Schalk’s video rant assignment is a great way to channel students’ thoughts and creativity as they hone their persuasive writing and presentation skills. 

The process starts as students identify topics they want to rant about. They discuss their ideas with their peers and get feedback before starting their research. Then they dive into crafting their scripts. They revise, practice, and revise. When their scripts are ready, they film their rants.

I love our rant unit because it is an authentic way to teach persuasive writing and oral presentation skills. Writing is messy, and the rant promotes skills required for writing, revising, editing, and providing feedback. I believe that all of my students have something valuable to say, and their rant gives them the platform to be articulate, passionate, and persuasive.
Jaben Schalk
Kaua‘i English Language Arts teacher

Let’s hear what they’ve got to say

STELLA’S RANT
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MAYA’S RANT
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SAMUEL’S RANT
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