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Social Issue Essay, Day 3

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.b Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.c Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.e Establish and maintain an appropriate style and objective tone. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will draft an essay about a social issue that affects their culture or community.

Opening Session
Let’s review how to set up your essay in MLA format and how to do sources in Microsoft Word.

Work Session
You will have the entire class period to draft your essay! Here are the requirements:

  • 750-1000 words
  • MLA format, including parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page
  • Citations from AT LEAST 2 sources
  • AT LEAST 4 quotes total (but more is better!)
  • You must explain a social issue to me AND explain how that issue affects your culture. You do NOT need to go into detail explaining your culture – you did that on the last essay!
  • You should also explain how your social issue can affect at least one other culture besides your own.
  • Your essay should be well-organized and include an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Closing Session
About ten minutes before the end of class, trade laptops with a buddy and review what your friend wrote. Give your partner some constructive feedback on their essay!

Assessment
Summative (social issue essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding, outlining, graphic organizers), Interest (topic choice)

Social Issue Drafting, Day 2!

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.a Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.b Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.c Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.e Establish and maintain an appropriate style and objective tone. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W2.f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will draft an essay about a social issue that affects their culture or community.

Opening Session
Let’s review how to set up your essay in MLA format and how to do sources in Microsoft Word.

Work Session
You will have the entire class period to draft your essay! Here are the requirements:

  • 750-1000 words
  • MLA format, including parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page
  • Citations from AT LEAST 2 sources
  • AT LEAST 4 quotes total (but more is better!)
  • You must explain a social issue to me AND explain how that issue affects your culture. You do NOT need to go into detail explaining your culture – you did that on the last essay!
  • You should also explain how your social issue can affect at least one other culture besides your own.
  • Your essay should be well-organized and include an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Closing Session
About ten minutes before the end of class, trade laptops with a buddy and review what your friend wrote. Give your partner some constructive feedback on their essay!

Assessment
Summative (social issue essay)

Differentiation
Process (scaffolding, outlining, graphic organizers), Interest (topic choice)

World Lit: Cultural Identity 5 – Narrative

Standards

  • ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.d Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.e Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can write a narrative about my childhood that reveals my cultural identity.

Opening Session
Laptop assignment! I’m going to give everyone in class a specific number. That number will be your laptop for the entire semester, every time we use a laptop cart. Don’t forget your number!

Once you have a laptop, log on and open up Microsoft Word. I’m going to show you how to set up your paper in MLA format, which will be the required way of formatting all your papers in this class (and in every English class you take for the rest of your life, pretty much).

Work Session
You’ll have the entire work session today to draft your cultural identity narrative! Your final draft CAN keep the “I remember…” format we worked with yesterday, but you do not HAVE to, if you don’t like it.

While you draft, I’ll come around and offer individual feedback and assistance 🙂

Closing Session
To close the day, I want to come back together as a group and tell you how to upload your essay! You will need to save your essay with YOUR NAME in the filename, then navigate to the class Google Drive and upload your essay to the correct folder. It’s not hard, but it’s important that you do it right so I can grade your writing!

If you want to continue writing your essay at home, you can access it from the class drive where you just uploaded it. Otherwise, you will have tomorrow to work on your essay in class, and it will be due at the end of the class tomorrow.

Assessment
Summative (Capstone essay 1)

Differentiation
Process (Scaffolded prompt and framework)

It’s ESSAY TIME!

Standard: 

  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I will begin brainstorming and outlining for my first formal essay in this class about whether or not communism could ever work in America.

Activator: Just for fun – A clip from American Dad, about Steve the Communist. Hey look, this stuff extends outside of class, too!

Work Session: Today we’re going to split the block in half and work on two things. First, your essay for this unit! DUN DUN DUUUUUUN!!!!!

Essay prompt: Could communism ever work in America? Drawing on sources of how communism has worked or not worked around the world (the articles we read in class), decide if communism could ever work in America. If so, why is the system not already in place? If not, why not?

You must include FOUR QUOTES from the articles we read in class in your essay!

Your essay must meet the following criteria:

  • MLA format, including headings, 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Formal style (no contractions [don’t, wasn’t, etc.], no first person [I, me, my, you, your, our, we, etc.], no slang or abbreviations)
  • 750 words
  • Due on Friday, January 27th. 

Today we’re going to go over MLA format and start brainstorming your essay. I want you guys to take a minute to think about your opinion on the prompt above….and when you have it, write it down on the top of your paper.

Now write one of your four quotes from yesterday…and then write 1-2 sentences explaining WHY it supports your opinion on the matter.

Do three quotes that way!

Next up, the counterargument… Write a quote that goes against your opinion, and then 3-4 sentences explaining why that is WRONG. (I like the sentence stem “Some people think…..but those people are wrong because…..”)

We’ll continue with brainstorming until you’ve got a pretty good handle on the prewriting, and then you’ll have the rest of the first half of the block to draft!

COMPUTER LAB TOMORROW – COMPUTER LAB FRIDAY – REVIEW MONDAY – TEST TUESDAY!!!!

Honors: Your first MGP project is due next Tuesday, January 31st.

Closing Session: TOTD – write your thesis statement (your answer to if communism could work in America or not) on a slip of paper and turn it in!

Assessment: Formative assessment of completion of study guide

Differentiation: Student choice (essay topic, choose a side to defend), process (tiered essay assignment), readiness (study guide time for those who need it)

Essay drafting day!!

Welcome back to our last real day of work, everyone!

Today we are going to write a solid draft of the essay we’ve been building up to. You should already have three paragraphs of this essay written, but here’s the whole rundown of what I’m asking you to do:

  • 5-7 paragraphs
  • 3 quotes minimum, with sources identified (Source A, Source B, etc.)
  • About 2 pages hand-written – any less and I don’t think that’s quite enough writing.
  • Proper grammar and conventions to the best of your ability

You will have the entire class period to finish your essay. It’s due at the end of the block. I would highly recommend you spend this class period wisely, as this essay is your last essay grade of the semester! Many of you really need a good grade on this essay in order to pass this class, so no slacking! Lookin’ at you, 2nd block… lookin’ at you….