Targets for Today:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, . . .
Pick up your composition books and a copy of The Outsiders.
In your composition book under
CSI Sentences/Grammar. Page 83/84 +
We worked on Thesis Statements last time.
If You Were Absent:
See above. Work on your essay -- especially on the counterclaim/rebuttal and conclusion.
If you have extra time, go ahead and work on the other parts of your essay. Revise and carefully edit.
When working on your essay --
Use Your Resources
Use your handouts, especially the rough draft outline.
Anytime you log into MyAccess, look for messages from Ms. Dorsey.
Do some work, then click on MyTutor and MyEditor to see what they suggest to make your essay better.
Look for and respond to messages from Ms. Dorsey.
Open two windows to look at suggestions and work on your essay.
See this model essay for the basic organization of an essay:
Summer Persuasive Essay
Argument Writing: •A type of writing that states a position on a topic and defends it
Hook: •A sentence or sentences that will engage your reader – get their attention
l Claim/Thesis: •A sentence that states your position and includes your main reasons
Introduction: •The first paragraph of an essay
Topic Sentence: •The sentence near the beginning of the paragraph that states the central idea of the paragraph
Background Information: •The information the reader needs to understand a topic and why it is being discussed
Body Paragraph: •A paragraph that comes between the introduction and the conclusion
Transitions: Words or groups of words that connect ideas and show relationships
Formal Style: Writing that does not include contractions or the pronouns "you" or "I"
Reasons: Logical main points to support a claim
Evidence: Facts, examples, statistics, etc. that support a claim
Explanation: explains the evidence and shows how it supports your reasons/claim
Counterclaim/Opposing Claim: an opposing argument; something the other side would say
Rebuttal: proving why a counterclaim (opposing claim) is wrong using reasons and evidence
Conventions: correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
Citation: giving the source of the evidence
Conclusion: sums up the main point of the whole essay