PowerWriting: Stage 4

PowerWriting Stage 4

Stage 4 in the PowerWriting process adds greater depth of ideas to the PowerGraphs, yet again. Power 4’s are synonymous to details. This stage is where you provide evidence to support your Power 3‘s that came before.

I repeat, this would be an appropriate place to include text references, citation, and other evidence such as anecdotes to strengthen your claim if you were writing a literary response.

In this lesson you’ll learn how to strengthen your claim regardless of why you’re writing your paragraph by providing elements of proof for support.

 

PowerFrame Structure So Far

  • Power 1 is the topic + the focus. This is the topic sentence. At this point it’s a very simplistic topic sentence.
  • Power 2’s provide more information about the Power 1.
  • In Stage 3 of the PowerWriting process we are expanded the PowerFrame to include a P3.
  • P3‘s provide more detail about the Power 2 that precedes it and address the focus from the P1.
  • P4‘s give more information about the preceding P3‘s and address the focus from P1.

 

In Stage 4 you are…

providing evidence in P4‘s to strengthen your claim. This means you are generating a P1, P2, P3, P4, P2, P3, P4. This means expanding your PowerFrame BEFORE writing your paragraph.

Stage 4 PowerFrame

The PowerFrame will now be expanded to include evidence. This occurs with the inclusion of Power 4‘s.

Look at the PowerFrame below. It is the same example provided in the previous stage 3, but it includes the Power 4.

This is an example of a P1, P2, P3, P4P2, P3, P4. This will result in a seven sentence paragraph, or PowerGraph.

 

Let’s Refresh, Taking a Look Back to Stage 3

Below is the previous PowerFrame and PowerGraph, Stage 3.

 

Previous Stage 3 PowerFrame (No Power 4’s)


P1 – Sports + I watch

           P2 – Soccer

                      P3 – every Saturday with Dad

            P2 – Baseball

                       P3 – with friends at the ballpark

 

Previous PowerGraph from Stage 3 (no Power 4’s)


       

          I enjoy watching two sports. The first one I watch is soccer. Dad and I have bonded over soccer games every Saturday for the past three years. The other sport I like to watch is baseball. I usually go to the ball park by bus with my friends to watch our favorite team play against their rivals.

 


Now Let’s Expand PowerFrame to Include Power 4’s

P1 – Sports + I watch

           P2 – Soccer

                      P3 – every Saturday with Dad

P4: watched 45 games/3 seasons

            P2 – Baseball

                       P3 – with friends at the ballpark

P4: watched Joliet Slammers lose to Schaumberg Boomers

 

 

Stage 4 Expansion

Let’s Rewrite the PowerGraph to Include the Power 4’s as shown in the Stage 4 PowerFrame Above (Notice the Power 4 in purple.) Now you’ll include two more sentences in this PowerGraph. One sentence follows the first P3. The other sentence is included after the second Power 3.

 

 I enjoy watching two sports. The first one I watch is soccer. Dad and I have bonded over soccer games every Saturday for the past three years. Together, we have watched more than 45 game in the last three seasons. The other sport I like to watch is baseball. I usually go to the ball park by bus with my friends to watch our favorite team play against their rivals. The most memorable game we saw was when the Joliet Slammers lost to the Schaumberg Boomers.

 

Stage 4

Structural Essentials of PowerWriting Thus Far


  • P1 includes a topic and a focus, as shown in Stage 2.
  • Color coding now includes a fourth color for the P 4‘s.
  • P2‘s are indented further than the P1.
  • P3‘s are indented further than the Power 2‘s
  • P3‘s provide elaboration about the focus, ‘watching’, as shown in Stage 3.
  • P4‘s give evidence by way of further details, evidence, or proof and a focus reference

Important Observations…


Information provided in each power are isolated to their own sentence in the PowerGraph. That’s why a P1, P2, P3, P4, P2, P3, P4 results in a seven sentence paragraph, or PowerGraph.

The focus is clear because every sentence in the paragraph, or PowerGraph, supports the topic sentence, or the Power 1.

The common thread in each Power 2,3, and 4 is the focus, “watching” . This strengthens focus and clarity of the example above and will do the same in your writing if you allow the topic and focus direct your writing.

 

Your Turn: Expand the PowerGraph from the Previous Stage


You will generate a PowerGraph from the provided PowerFrame Below, the same one that was presented in the previous stage. This means you are writing a paragraph using the the PowerFrame as a guide AND creating. An example of a possible PowerGraph is provided below.

 

So, take out a paper and pencil and put your thinking cap on!

YOUR GOAL:  to generate Power4’s that give more details to support the previous Power 3 while including a reference to the focus from Power 1 and write a PowerGraph exactly seven sentences long.


Before your begin, remember …

  • Power 1 includes “two” in the topic sentence. (This indicates you will provide 2 Power 2’s)
  • Every Power 2 requires an appropriate transition.
  • Every Power will be developed into a sentence.
  • Do not blending information between different Power. (The PowerGraph parallels the PowerFrame.)
  • Connect the details provided in Power 3’s to provide more details supporting the focus from Power 1.
  • All Power 4’s give specifics to clarify Previous Power 3’s AND includes reference to the focus from Power 1.

Here’s Your PowerFrame


 

P1: Owning a dog (topic) + benefits a child (focus)

           P2:  develops responsibility (benefit #1)

                      P3: feeding & walking

                                  P4: __________________________________

            P2:  experience compassion (benefit #2)

                      P3: attending to dog’s needs

                                   P4: __________________________________

 

Rewrite this PowerGraph and Complete the Missing Sentences


          When a child owns a dog it results in two benefits. The first benefit developing responsibility. Feeding and walking a dog forces a child to take care of something more than themselves, resulting in positive life experience because a dog cannot walk himself even though he needs these things. (P4) ___________________________________________________.  The second benefit is that the child will experience compassion. When a dog needs attention or affection, it’s up to the child to give recognize that and give the dog what he desires: emotional recognition. (P4) ___________________________________ __________________________________________.


Move on to PowerWriting Stage 5