Author: Derek Miller

I teach English and advise the yearbook at Royal Oak High School.

In the fall of 2014, I joined a Michigan Teachers as Researchers Collaborative (MiTRC) project under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Grabill from Michigan State and Susan Golab from Oakland Intermediate School District. The focus of the project was on feedback, assessment, and evaluation. A group of teacher-researchers would be developing tools to teach argument writing at the secondary level. In reviewing a learning progression for argumentative writing that we were developing, Dr. Grabill pointed out that two moves on the instrument had to do with how the writer used values and affect appropriate to their intended audiences. The phrase ‘audience values’ stuck in my…

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