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American Lit: Annotating an Argumentative Text

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

Learning Target: I can identify and evaluate the effectiveness of an authors argument, claims, evidence, and call to action.

Opening Session: MKTO – American Dream

Work Session: Today we’re continuing our discussion of the American Dream by reading an essay called “Is the American Dream still possible?” by David Wallechinsky. We will read this together and annotate the text using our metacognitive markers:

  • put a ? when you have a question
  • put an ! when you have a strong reaction to something in the text
  • put a * when you have comment to make
  • underline any key ideas or details

….and stop and discuss throughout our reading. Then, we will analyze the following parts of the essay:

  • What is the author’s claim?
  • What is the author’s evidence to back up his claim?
  • What is the call to action?

Then, I’d like you to do a brief constructed response for me, in the My Notes sections of your pages as usual:

  • Write a brief constructed response that explains how Wallechinsky builds an argument to persuade the readers that the American Dream is a bygone concept. Analyze how Wallechinsky uses evidence, reasoning, and stylistic of persuasive elements to strengthen his logic and persuasiveness of his argument.

Closing Session: Swap books with a friend and compare their annotations to yours. What do you notice about your annotations? Did you choose the same things to mark?

Assessment: Formative – constructed response