World Lit: Solution Essay Prewriting!

Standard: 

  • ELAGSE9-10W1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can analyze a model position paper for rhetorical appeals and the elements of an effective argument, and construct a position paper by incorporating research on a stakeholder position.

Opening Session: Grab your Springboard books! Flip to page 455 and look at the chart. In the center box, write the issue you wrote about for your Social Issue Essay. Make sure you write a whole sentence, not just one word – that is, write “Children are being removed from sports teams for wearing traditional Black hairstyles,” do NOT write “Racism.”

Then, fill in the Causes and Effects boxes. This is all review, but hopefully it gets your brain turning so you can start thinking of a solution for your social issue.

Work Session: On page 456 in Springboard, you’ll see a prewriting chart. I want you to spend some time thinking of what could be a potential solution to help mitigate the social issue you wrote about. Then, fill in the chart. Here’s an example:

Issue: Sexism in gaming – female gamers are often mocked until they quit playing entirely.

Hook (rhetorical question:) How would you feel if you sat down to relax and play a game, and someone demanded you go make them a sandwich?

Claim: We can fight sexism in the gaming community by randomly assigning avatars instead of letting players choose.

Reasons and evidence: Here are several ways this would help and why….

Here are examples of people playing randomly assigned avatars and how it cut back on sexist banter…

Counterclaims: You might think gamers will be upset if they can’t customize their own character; however…

Call to Action: Gaming companies will need to be petitioned to make this a permanent change, but YOU can help today by choosing to play a female avatar next time you log in to a video game to help push the gender ratio closer to 50/50.

Closing Session: Let’s do a little peer editing! Trade with a partner at your table and go over their chart, looking for logical flaws or places where the argument could be strengthened.

Assessment: Summative (Solution Essay)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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