World Lit: Writing a Literary Analysis Essay, Day 2

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can develop an argument about a theme in Julius Caesar.

Opening Session: MLA Format!

Work Session: Let’s get started drafting your essay! I’m going to give you some timers on the board to day to get a good draft of your essay going. So pull out the sheet you worked on yesterday and some notebook paper, and let’s get to writing!

  • 10 minutes: Write your introduction paragraph. Remember, your intro paragraph should end with your thesis statement.
  •  20 minutes: Write your body paragraphs. Remember, your body paragraphs should all ultimately further your argument, incorporate evidence (quotes) from the text, and refer back to your thesis statement.
  • 10 minutes: Write your counterargument paragraph. This is where you acknowledge the other side and then explain why it is wrong.
  • 10 minutes: Write your conclusion paragraph. You should refer back to your thesis statement and summarize your argument.

Closing Session: Trade with a partner and read their argument. Spend a few minutes writing commentary or feedback on their draft. Do you understand their point? Do they convince you?

Assessment: Formal (essay)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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