AP Lang:Living Like Weasels, Day 5

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target:  I can critically examine a text for details that support my analysis of the inferences I draw from the text.

Opening Session: After our 20 minutes of independent reading today, I’d like to pass out copies of a very important rubric. This is the AP writing rubric, which is graded on a scale of 1 to 9. One of my goals this semester is for you to become really familiar with this rubric, because if you can make a 9 on this rubric, you can write a seriously good essay. So let’s go over the rubric, and then we’re going to write our first essay of the semester!

Work Session: Grab a sheet of paper and write a pseudonym (a fake name) at the top. You’re going to write a different pseudonym on every essay, and these can be anything you’d like (I used to write World of Warcraft characters on mine when I was in high school, but you do you). You will NOT put your real name down.

Your prompt for this essay is:

What point is Dillard making by calling this essay “Living Like Weasels”? Consider how the weasel lives and what drives its day-to-day life versus that of humans, and consider if humans have a choice in how we live our lives. Good essays will explore symbolism representing the potential choices one can make in how they live their lives.

You will have 40 minutes to work on this essay, then I’ll collect them and redistribute, and we will grade them together as a class.

You’ll have ten minutes to read the essay and assign it a grade, then we will discuss!

Closing Session:

VOCAB QUIZ! I’ll give you a sheet with twelve of your vocab words on them. You need to know a definition or synonym to ten of the twelve words to get a 100%. If you know more than 10, you get extra credit.

Assessment: Essays and vocab quizzes will be graded.

Differentiation: Extended time as needed, modified/scaffolded prompt.

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book.

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