AP Lang: Group Essay Analysis


  • ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12W8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range or formal and informal tasks. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will read an essay about the American Dream and answer questions to analyze it.

Opening Session
Get into your groups we chose on Monday! I’m going to assign an essay to each group. These will come form one of the textbooks we’re using for the class – either Patterns or The Norton Reader. You’ll be reading, analyzing, and presenting this essay to your class with your classmates.

Work Session

Here are the essays you may be assigned:

From Patterns:

  • The Myth of the Latin Woman (230)
  • Black Men and Public Spaces (238)
  • Indian Education (142)
  • Get it Right, Privatize Executions (296)
  • The Case for Birthright Citizenship (593)
  • An Argument Should Be Made About Immigrant Babies and Citizenship (598)

From Norton

  • Is America Falling Apart (hard) (286)
  • Aria (492)
  • Learning to Read (408)
  • Rewriting American History (hard) (828)
  • Tyranny of the Majority (hard) (885)

I want everyone to read their essay silently to themselves for about 20 minutes. If you finish early, start answering the questions at the end of the essay. Once the 20 minute timer is up, you can work with your group to answer the questions together.

If you’re reading out of the Patterns book, only answer the “Comprehension” and “Purpose and Audience” questions. For Norton essays, answer all the questions, and remember that you need to answer them fully – some of them might take a page worth of writing to really discuss.

Closing Session
3-2-1! On a little exit ticket, write down 3 things you learned today, two questions you still have, and one thing you’re excited to share with the class.

Assessment Strategies
Formative (Group work, questions); Summative (presentation).

Process (scaffolding, varied essay difficulties, flexible grouping strategies)

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