--Turn in "Article of the Week" #8 by placing your best work in the black basket on the front table.
--Read the controlling questions for today’s work block below with your thesis statement that you completed for homework in mind:
- Does my thesis statement fulfill the assigned task?
- Have I taken a position that others might challenge or oppose?
- Is my thesis statement specific enough?
- Does my thesis statement pass the "So what?" test?
- Does my thesis statement pass the "how and why?" test?
S. the C.
Writing Workshop -- The Alchemist and The Old Man and the Sea Culminating Essay Assignment
- continue gathering evidence (if necessary)
- for each piece of evidence:
- Decide if the evidence will be presented as a direct quotation--if so, how much of the quotation will be used?
- Decide if the evidence will be presented as a paraphrase (or even a summary)--if so, paraphrase (or summarize) the piece of evidence using the "look away" method.
- Begin crafting tiebacks, bearing the following in mind:
- In an essay, the goal is to convince the reader of the validity of your thesis statement; therefore, the thesis statement itself must be meaningful, and the tiebacks to it must occur often via skillful explanations.
- Tiebacks connect back to the thesis statement and answer how?/why?
- If it is extremely difficult to craft a tieback for a piece of evidence, it's likely not a strong piece of evidence!
- continuously revise thesis statement as needed
COMPACT FOR WORK TIME
- Talking should be very limited.
- When talking must occur, get peer’s attention first and stay on task.
- Teacher will use the consequence system in place for lack of compliance.
- Listening to music (provided by teacher or on personal devices) is acceptable.
HW (Class Preparation)
--Finish "processing through" all of your evidence. Then, start an outline by doing the following:
- Re-write your thesis statement in its current version (likely updated based upon today’s work) at the top of a sheet of paper.
- Write a rough topic sentence or sentences for your first body paragraph. (If your thesis statement is strong, simply look at it to determine what your first body paragraph should address!)
- Roughly outline the contents of your first body paragraph (pieces of evidence, tiebacks, pieces of evidence, tiebacks, etc.)
--Continue progressing through your essay-writing process in whatever manner you see fit. We are heading to the library next class (Tuesday, 3/1) and, most likely, on Thursday, 3/3 as well.
--Work on finishing your free reading book. You have a little under three weeks between now and the due date of the one-pager. ALWAYS BRING YOUR FREE READING BOOK TO CLASS! See me if you have finished your book and need a one-pager
On the backburner:
- ACT nonfiction passages and multiple choice questions