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 +
label this CSI # 11 and add today's date -- October 25 or 26, 2017.
Copy the sentence below and label or note what you notice.
a type of writing that states a position on a topic and defends it
2. The thesis sentence creates a road map for the rest of the essay.
The thesis sentence lays out (or maps out) the rest of the essay. It is sort of like planning a day of shopping:
Today we are going to do some fun shopping by going to a Halloween store, to a party store, and then to Macey's to buy treats for the trick-or-treaters.
What sort of shopping trip is it going to be?
Where are you going first?
Where are you going second?
Where are you going third?
3. Organization of Your Essay
And PEE Paragraphs --
4. Working on Your Essay
Open two windows and one extra tab.
Example of a parenthetical citation:
Thomas Edison declares, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up" (8).
Introductory Paragraph and Thesis Sentence
Do you have a hook?
Have you provided background information for your reader to help him or her know what you are talking about?
If it's not already there, tell your reader that these events are from "The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton."
Writing a thesis sentence
The thesis sentence = your claim + reasons to support the claim. (3 for this essay)
Place your thesis sentence at the end of the first paragraph.
After you revise --
Highlight your thesis sentence.
Highlight the topic sentence for each body paragraph that argues one of your reasons.
Before you leave, submit your writing and submit for a score.
Outsiders Essay Scoring for Skyward – Work to master each of these areas.
Today we are working especially on these parts of your essays.
Hook and Background
5 = A hook that grabs the reader's attention, is not cliche, and provides enough background knowledge to help the reader understand what the essay is about. Includes the novel title and author. Introduces the full names (first and last) of the characters.
4 = See above. May be cliche or lacking in background information. Will include the novel title. Introduces the full names (first and last) of the characters.
3 = Attempts a hook and background information.
The student has created a thesis sentence with a claim and three reasons to support the claim. thesis sentence with claim and three reasons
10 especially well stated
8 claim and three reasons are in one sentence at the end of the introductory paragraph
5 attempt at a thesis sentence
Topic Sentence for Body Paragraphs
6 = Each of the first three body paragraphs begins with a topic sentence. The sentence will match a topic and its order from the thesis sentence.
4 = Two of the first three body paragraphs have a topic sentence matching the topic and order laid out in the thesis sentence.
2 = One of the first three body paragraphs begins with a topic sentence matching the topic and order laid out in the thesis sentence.
Evidence and explanation
6 = Each of the first three body paragraphs includes evidence (at least one quote from the book) and explanation of how that evidence proves the reason given in the topic sentence.
4= Two of the first three body paragraphs includes evidence (at least one quote from the book) and explanation of how that evidence proves the reason given in the topic sentence. Or the evidence and/or explanation in some of the paragraphs are lacking.
2 = One of the first three body paragraphs includes evidence (at least one quote from the book) and explanation of how that evidence proves the reason given in the topic sentence. Or the evidence and/or explanation in all of the paragraphs are lacking.
1= some attempt at evidence and explanation________________________________________________
If you have mastered the introductory paragraph with the thesis sentence and have finished, revised, and edited your essay about Johnny Cade, you will select another issue for which you will write an introductory paragraph.
convincing people to contribute to worthy cause
hurricane relief, wildfire relief, flood relief, famine relief, charity basketball games at our school, or others
or convincing the appropriate individuals of the need to correct a problem in our school or community
or convincing others to understand your side of an issue.
You may do research on your topic.
You will write on MyAccess, using the prompt "Take a Position."
A1 to page 122, (page 110 nightmare) -- 20:26
A2 to page 126, (page 110 nightmare) -- 29:22 -- bottom of page, to "I was silent. . . "
B5 to page 119 (page 110 nightmare) -- beginning of chapter 8 -- 15:15
B7 to page 124 (page 110 nightmare) "He was okay." 24:28
If You Were Absent:
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