World Lit: Exploring Cultural Identity, Day 2

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can compare and contrast how a central idea of a text is developed in an informational text and a personal essay.

Opening Session: Ten Awesome Young Adult Novels!

Work Session: 

We’re going to start out today with a by writing an extended constructed response to the readings we did yesterday. Flip in your text to page 13 and read the explanatory text prompt. This will be your first crack at writing what is basically an essay in here, but it’s short and sweet, so hopefully not a big deal. Things to remember:

  • Put your MLA Heading on the top of your paper (Your name, my name, class name, date – you will head all your papers this way)
  • Write 2-3 paragraphs. Make sure you include an introduction, body, and conclusion, though you need not put each of those in its own paragraph.
  • Do not write more than the space provided
  • Your handwriting has to be legible
  • Make sure you cite evidence from the texts to make your point! Use MLA citations (Author #) to show where your quotes came from.

After you finish writing your essay, we’re going to do a little book talk! I want to spend some time going around the room and sharing what books we’ve been reading this week. I’m in the middle of Looking For Alaska by John Green, and I’m happy to share it with you! I’d love to hear what you’ve been digging into during our independent reading!

Closing Session: Finally, I want to introduce the Alternative Book Reports we will be doing for your independent reading this year. You’ll be doing 3 over the course of the semester, with each one due at the end of the six week grading period. I realize you’ll probably read more than one book over six weeks, but in this case you can just choose your favorite!

Differentiation: Interest (student choice in books); Process (scaffolded essay if needed).

Assessment: Formal – essays will be graded.

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