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ELA Q & A with Dr. Erik Sussbauer

June 4, 2014

NEA Master Teacher Dr. Erik Sussbauer leads his Grade 11 ELA classes at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. However, you don’t have be one of his students to learn from him. You can find Erik responding to users’ questions and comments with rich explanations on CC.BetterLesson.

Below, you can see a teacher reaching out to Erik for more information after reading his lesson “Revisiting Writing / Comparing Rhetorical Appeals”.

Alyssa Fligge: Hi Erik, Great resources! Thanks for sharing. Do you by chance have your Rhetorical Analysis essay assignment sheet and rubric posted on this site? I would love to see what you do with you students for writing within this type of content. Thanks! -Alyssa
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. .D.: I just posted the prompt (modeled after the AP prompts for writing a rhetorical analysis), and the rubric (I only have exemplary and proficient categories listed so I can provide comments in the last box, including if that standard is less than proficient) in the resources of revisit rhetorical analysis essays (the lessons for that unit will eventually be available here as BetterLesson continues to add content).

In the comments of Erik’s lesson “Close Reading Review”, a teacher compliments the articles used as supplementary resources in the lesson. Erik responds by referring to the types of texts he selected and why.

Susan Caddell: I really like the articles you are pulling to discuss a true education. I’ve done a synthesis essay with my AP Lang juniors two different years from The Language of Composition text, unit four (I think) on education, and part of the big question for the unit is defining a true education.
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.: Responding to Susan Caddell I also use the Language of Composition, 2e and in fact the next unit after this one is writing the synthesis essay, where students write on defining true education (that’s why so many of the lessons here are about “entering the conversation” to model that idea before they do it in writing). Some of these articles from the Atlantic and other sources helped contextualize the philosophical pieces for the students (and happened to be published at the same time I was teaching the unit!).

Check out all of Erik’s lessons on CC.BetterLesson. When you’re logged in you can leave him some feedback which will likely lead to a conversation with the Master Teacher himself. Hurrah for teacher learning!

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