American Lit:American Dream Essay, Day 4


ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can write an argument to synthesize several sources to defend my position about whether or not the American Dream is still accessible.

Opening Session: MLA Formatting!

Work Session: Your essay is DUE TODAY!! Grab a laptop and get to work!

  • Must respond to this prompt: Does America still allow access to the American Dream?
  • 500-750 words, following 3-7-7-7-3 format
  • MLA Format (proper heading, Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced)
  • Must use at least 3 quotes from at least 3 sources (but 5 is better!)
  • The file name of your essay should be LastnameFirstname_Unit1EA2
  • You should upload your finished essay to

Do not forget those quotes!

You will have all day to finish your essay, and I will come around and help you.

Closing Session: Vocab review!!

Assessment: Formal (essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded essay prompts), Product (varied essay requirements)

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