It’s FRIDAY! And I’m Not Here!

Welcome to Friday! Tomororw it’s THE WEEKEND!!!

Standard: W.9-10.1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence; Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

Learning Target: Students will compare two songs and whether or not the subjects “suffer equally,” then they will brainstorm for their essay.

Activator: Blue October – Into the Ocean

And after we do this one, I want to share a couple of other things with you. Yesterday the question came up about whether or not you could write about suffering across cultures and the differences in, say, rich and poor, Americans and people from other countries, people of different races, etc. To that end, I want to share these two songs with you, which were recommended to me by a student from last semester:

Brenda’s Got a Baby

Fairly Oddparents Theme Song

Now, a question. Brenda from the first song obviously suffered quite a bit, didn’t she? But so does Timmy Turner throughout the show, which is why he’s deemed worthy of Fairy Godparents. Who suffers more? Is it fair to tell Timmy that his life and problems are trivial compared to what someone else is going through? Doesn’t someone always have it worse than you – and does that make your own suffering any less real?

If you would like to make this argument, then that’s fine, but make sure you consider all points of view before you do it :)

We’re so close to the weekend I can taste it…mmm…weekend… *drool*

Anyway, today is all about brainstorming it up for our essay. I want these essays to be perfection, so we’re gonna do it right and go the whole 9 yards on prewriting and brainstorming and whatnot.

The goal today is for everyone to outline their essay. So, on a sheet of paper, first thing I want is for everyone to take a few minutes to come up with a strong thesis statement. When you’ve got one, raise your hand and I’ll come check it off. Remember, your thesis statement should be a single strong sentence that states your opinion and gives a reason for it. You should never use informal language such as first person in your thesis!

After we’re thesised up, I would like for you to come up with a good topic sentence for each of your body paragraphs. In a 500 word essay, I would not expect you to have more than four body paragraphs. So come up with a good topic sentence for each. Remember that it should be related in some way to your thesis – this is the claim part of your argument.

Next, I want to work on transitions between paragraphs, so for each of your topic sentences, come up with a conclusion sentence that will go at the end of your paragraph. This should contain some kind of transition between what you’re talking about now, and what you’re about to say.

That should take us to the end of class, but if you’re a rockstar that finishes early, you can start matching the arguments from your tree map to the topic sentences on your paper. Sound good? Good! We’ll do more with this on Monday :D

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