• 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!


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)

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