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American Lit: American Dream Essay, Day 2

Standard: 

ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can write an argument to synthesize several sources to defend my position about whether or not the American Dream is still accessible.

Opening Session:

Work Session: Today we’re going to continue working on our essays, and today is DRAFTING DAY!!! You should all be grab a laptop, log in, and open up Word. Here are the requirements for your essay:

  • Must respond to this prompt: Does America still allow access to the American Dream?
  • 500-750 words, following 3-7-7-7-3 format
  • MLA Format (proper heading, Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced)
  • Must use at least 3 quotes from at least 3 sources (but 5 is better!)
  • The file name of your essay should be LastnameFirstname_Unit1EA2
  • You should upload your finished essay to tinyurl.com/BristowAmericanLit

Do not forget those quotes!

You will have all day to draft your essay, and I will come around and help you.

Closing Session: Vocab review!!

Assessment: Formal (essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded essay prompts), Product (varied essay requirements)

American Lit: American Dream Essay, Day 1

Standard: 

ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can write an argument to synthesize several sources to defend my position about whether or not the American Dream is still accessible.

Opening Session: How to write an argumentative essay, by Shmoop

 

Work Session: Today students will begin to write their first essay. I’m going to model MLA format, in text citations, and how to write an argument. We will start by looking at an example essay, written by the fabulous Mr. Brooks!

After we look at the parts of an argument, we are going to look at a PowerPoint that tells you exactly what you need to do for this essay, right down to the rubric on which you’ll be graded. So, now that we know what we need to do to ace this essay, you guys are going to start on the prewriting!

The topic is: Synthesize at least three – five sources and your own observations to defend, challenge, or qualify the statement that America still provides access to the American Dream. This question requires you to integrate a variety of sources (three to five ) into a coherent, well-written argumentative essay. Your argument should be central; the sources and your observations should support this argument.

For your prewriting today, you should write out at least 3 quotes from at least 3 different sourceswhich you will use in your essay. Make sure your quotes support your opinion on whether or not the American Dream is still a thing.

Closing Session: Vocab!!

  1. Feudal
  2. Subsidies
  3. Denounce
  4. Stipulate
  5. Pundit
  6. Lapel
  7. Fink
  8. Maverick

Assessment: Formal (Essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded essay questions)

AP Lang: Position Paper, DUE TODAY!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W1 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 write an argumentative paper on a topic of my choice.

Opening Session:  MLA Format review!

Work Session: Your essay is due today! I’ll review the requirements on the assignment sheet, as well as the rubric, then give you the rest of the class to work!

When you’re done, upload to our class google drive!

Closing Session: Final grammar check and TURN THEM IN!

Assessment: Formal (Essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding); Product (Choice)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; ABR2 due Thursday 3/29

AP Lang: Position Paper, Day 3

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W1 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 write an argumentative paper on a topic of my choice.

Opening Session:  Vocab review!

Work Session: Today you’re continuing your writing of your essay. You’ll need to grab a laptop and work on drafting your argument, because you just have today and tomorrow to get it done!

If you do happen to finish today, you can go ahead and upload it to our class google drive.

I’ll be around and checking in if people need me!

Closing Session: Check in! How is everyone doing?

Assessment: Formal (Essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding); Product (Choice)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; ABR2 due Thursday 3/29

AP Lang: Position Paper!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W1 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 write an argumentative paper on a topic of my choice.

Opening Session:  VOCAB!

  1. —Animosity
    1. —(noun) strong dislike; bitter hostility
  2. —Apathy
    1. —(noun) a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
  3. —Apprehensive
    1. —(adj.) fearful or anxious, especially about the future
  4. —Commend
    1. —(verb) to praise, express approval; to present as worthy of attention; to commit to the care of
  5. —Compatible
    1. —(adj.) able to get along or work well together; capable of use with some other model or system
  6. —Condolence
    1. —(noun) an expression of sympathy
  7. —Consecrate
    1. —(verb) to make sacred, hallow; to set apart for a special purpose
  8. —Decrepit
    1. —(adj.) old and feeble; worn-out, ruined
  9. —Deride
    1. —(verb) to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
  10. —Ingenuous
    1. —(adj.) innocent, simple; frank, sincere
  11. —Multifarious
    1. —(adj.) having great variety; numerous and diverse
  12. —Obsolete
    1. —(adj.) out-of-date, no longer in use
  13. —Omniverous
    1. —(adj.) eating every kind of food; eagerly taking in everything, having a wide variety of tastes
  14. —Parsimonious
    1. —(adj.) stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small
  15. —Quandary
    1. —(noun) a state of perplexity or doubt
  16. —Recalcitrant
    1. —(adj.) stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority
  17. —Reprisal
    1. —(noun) injury done in return for injury
  18. —Revel
    1. —(verb) to take great pleasure in
    2. —(noun) a wild celebration
  19. —Stultify
    1. —(verb) to make ineffective or useless, cripple; to have a dulling effect on
  20. —Suave
    1. —(adj.) smoothly agreeable or polite; pleasing to the senses—

Work Session:

You guys are going to start working on an argumentative research paper today! Go ahead and grab a laptop, and let’s talk about the paper requirements!

I want everyone to be researching and writing about an issue they care about, so I am not going to limit your topic choice. I want everyone to take a second to consider issues they care about and that they think are important – I’m looking for big things, guys. School uniforms are small potatoes. Inherent sexism in dress codes? There ya go!

The requirements of your essay will be based on the argumentative writing standard, so let’s take a moment to go over that:

ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Finally, by the end of the day today, I would like for you to turn in the colored square I gave you with your name and your topic written on it, as well as a thesis statement for your paper. We will be researching and working on these all week.

Closing Session: Share out our topic choices!

Assessment: Formal (Essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding); Product (Choice)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; ABR2 due Thursday 3/29