American Lit: The Road to Success, continued

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 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 critique two arguments, and defend, challenge, or qualify statements in an argument to help me revise my working definition of the American Dream.

Opening Session: Reviewing the powerful speech we read yesterday:

Work Session: Today we’re continuing to read the Road to Success activity in your text. Flip to page 97, “The Right To Fail,” and let’s read it together as a class!

After reading, I want you guys to do the Structured Academic Controversy on page 100 in your book.

The topic is the same as the one you will work on for your essay next week, “Does American Still Provide Access to the American Dream”. We will split into two groups and each side needs to defend their position – side A, “No, the American Dream no longer exists,” or side B, “Yes, the American Dream is still a reality.”

Closing Session:When we finish debating, you can go ahead and start a little drafting or pre-writing for your essay. Tomorrow we will be reading an example of an essay on the same topic from your textbook.

Assessment: Formal – “conversations” will be graded

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, volunteer readers)

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