Due to a comment by a follower, I changed the title of this scoopit.
"While the article is accurate, the title is misleading. In fact, David Coleman, one of the key authors of the standards, has repeatedly stressed that argumentative writing replaces persuasive writing. A more appropriate title would be: Shift to ARGUMENTATIVE Writing is a Key Focus in the Common Core."
"This is not merely a matter of semantics. I am doing extensive work with schools to prepare teachers to understand the fundamental shifts, and most are highly surprised at this particular shift. Given that many will glance over the title and run with the information, this error is egregious and holds potential to gravely mislead."
Across the Curriculum
"If you look through the Common Core Standards, you'll see words peppered all over the place that point to persuasive writing: interpret, argument, analyze. The focus isn't to provide evidence as the sole means to prove, but rather to make an argument and bring in evidence that one must then justify through argumentation.
For instance, rather than merely solving a math problem, the equation serving as the answer in itself, and moving on to the next question, there is a possibility that persuasive writing will come into play that has the student selecting what formula to use, making an argument, and using the computations as evidence to back up that argument.
In my department, English Language Arts, we are already spinning Literary Analysis into a literary persuasive composition in order to address the future of this more meaningful writing. Rather than teach two compartmentalized writing genres, doesn't it make more sense to blend the two and have the student convince the reader of the theme or the character change or the author's intent? It comes at analysis from a different, more authentic angle."