Helping Students Develop their Argument

Read how Rachel Pezold, English and Creative Writing Teacher at Washington High School, gives targeted feedback in Turnitin to help students develop their argument.


The CEW (Claim, Evidence, Warrant) QuickMarks allow teachers to give students feedback about their evidence writing. They are useful in ensuring that students are really understanding how to use evidence as support to their argument - and then making that evidence useful in the paper.

Teachers can use the marks to note quickly and easily whether a student has a strong claim, weak claim or no claim at all. By using a simple tag for the parts of students' claim/evidence/warrant writing, the easy note allows students to just skim through the feedback (because we know most of them don't read it through anyway) to know if they successfully set up their argument or not. 

So often, a student drops a quote into a paper without actually incorporating it. But when this happens, the CEW QuickMark is essential. Drop in the "weak warrant" mark and the student sees that he didn't quite explain the quote's relevance.

A teacher could use the "introduce quote" mark to remind students to provide the authority or credentials of the source to strengthen the argument - without having to retype the same long reminder you just wrote 2 minutes ago on the last paper. Basically, these CEW QuickMarks are a lifesaver. A teacher can give quality, relevant feedback in significantly less time than the typical paper grading. And that's exactly what every teacher wants: more time.

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About the Educator

I have been teaching for five years: my first two at Barat Academy in Chesterfield, Missouri and my last three at Washington High School in Washington, Missouri. I currently teach 9th grade English I and 12th grade Creative Writing.