In this lesson, students will learn how to analyze and decipher crucial details in the short story “The Women” by Tom Barbash in response to questions put forth to them in their writing prompt. This exercise will help to strengthen their critical thinking and reading comprehension skills, while their writing skills will be challenged through a response to a writing prompt resulting in a formal essay. The lesson will also ask students to recall and integrate ideas from an earlier reading entitled “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn.
The focus of this lesson is to provide reading material and strategies for idea development for an analytical essay. The reading will be based on the article “The ‘Pictures Generation” and students will be also asked to select a selfie image of themselves or of another person. The class discussion will foster a community of idea sharing which will translate well as supporting points in response to the writing prompt which will be given to students.
This lesson will focus on understanding poignant ideas from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s significant lecture “The Danger of a Single Story” and applying them to the poem “How to Be a Real Indian” by Kenzie Allen. Class discussion will serve as a laboratory for idea sharing which will be needed for ideas for the class’s next analytical essay.
This resource introduces, suggests, and proposes multiple approaches for making Joan Didion's essay more accessible while trying not to oversimplify it.
A chapter on writing skills from the textbook, Communication Skills, developed by the Language Communication for Development Department at the Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.
A chapter on writing skills from the textbook, Communication Skills, developed by the Language Communication for Development Department at the Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.
Watch a video that explains how to write a comparison/contrast essay. Print a document to accompany the video for more practice. Comparison/contrast essays help you learn really efficiently, because they present information in a way our brains like. When we see something new, we want to know how it's similar to something we already know about, and how it's different, too. Let's say that you need to buy a car. When you look at the different models, you'll compare what's similar and different between the models. When a cell phone manufacturer comes up with a new model, they tell you what great features the phone has that people have liked before (the similarities) and what fantastic new features it has that help it stand out (the differences).
This handbook is used as a supplemental for composition one class as a resource for grammar and research and sourcing with APA 7th and MLA 9th updated guides.
This resource was created by Melissa Omar in collaboration with Crystal Hurt as part of the 2019-20 ESU-NDE Digital Age Pedagogy Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Lesson Plans promoting both content area and digital age skills. This Lesson Plan is designed for Grades 6-8 English Language Arts.
This resource provides lecture notes and writing assignments for the study of drama. While Othello and Trifles are mentioned specifically, these notes and assignments can be adapted and applied to practically any play. Unless otherwise noted, the materials in this unit are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
This is an assignment for a diagnostic essay to be used at the beginning of a composition I class to assess the students level of writing.
This assignment is an introduction to argumentative writing for early college-level students. This assignment provides a basis for discussing argument as a genre of writing and allows for the introduction of research and MLA format including Work Cited and intext citation.
This assignment allows students to analyze a bias by agreeing or disagreeing with a speaker. There is a provided podcast episode, but we encourage instructors to select their own in the realm of the course.
The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with available course material for teachers and students easily accessible online. Over the course of the year there is a steady progression in text complexity levels, sophistication of writing tasks, speaking and listening activities, and increased opportunities for independent and collaborative work. Rubrics and student models accompany many writing assignments.Throughout the 11th grade year, in addition to the Common Read texts that the whole class reads together, students each select an Independent Reading book and engage with peers in group Book Talks. Students move from learning the class rituals and routines and genre features of argument writing in Unit 11.1 to learning about narrative and informational genres in Unit 11.2: The American Short Story. Teacher resources provide additional materials to support each unit.
In this unit, students will explore great works of American literature and consider how writers reflect the time period in which they write. They will write two literary analysis papers and also work in groups to research and develop anthologies of excellent American stories.
Students read and analyze stories from several 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American authors. After researching a time period, they select stories from that period to create an anthology. The readings enhance their understanding of the short story, increase their exposure to well-known American authors, and allow them to examine the influence of social, cultural, and political context.
Students examine elements of short stories and have an opportunity for close reading of several American short stories. During these close readings, they examine the ways that short story writers attempt to explore the greater truths of the American experience through their literature.
These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.
If you were to write a short story about this decade, what issues might you focus on?
What defines a short story? Just length?
To what extent do these stories reflect the era or decade in which they were written?
To what extent are the themes they address universal?
History.com has short videos on the Vietnam War (“Vietnam” and “A Soldier's Story”).
In this lesson, students will continue their analytical essays with a focus on the writing process. They will use the writing group protocol to bring structure to their peer editing groups.
In this lesson, students will have time to continue working on their short essays with support from you and their peers.
These resources are meant to help high school students (specifically grades 9-10) break down the process of academic essay writing. Each part of the essay has its own presentation to deliver as a mini-lesson (deconstructing the prompt, the thesis statement, body paragraphs, the conclusion) and an outline is included as well. These resources will work for any sort of formal, academic writing, but the Text Dependent Analysis essay is emphasized.There is also a Google Form that can be used as an assessment (summative or formative) in which students must apply their knowledge of essay writing.
There are a number of methods for putting together a section of an essay's body. The one discussed below is just that: one. It has been useful in teaching, and it has been useful in other work, but it is not the only one that has been either or both.
This collection uses primary sources to explore the Fifteenth Amendment. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
This collection uses primary sources to explore The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.
Students will read the short story version of "Flowers for Algernon," taking notes on the positive and negative aspects Charlie's life before and after the operation to increase his intelligence. Upon completion of the story, and after reviewing their notes, students will write an essay in which they take a stand as to whether Charlie was better off BEFORE the surgery and should not have had it done, or whether he was better AFTER - in other words it was a good idea.
In 1845, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and Written by Himself was published. In it, Douglass criticizes directly often with withering irony those who defend slavery and those who prefer a romanticized version of it.
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It may happen to be assigned to write an essay and do not know how to deal with it. The topic may be quite challenging, or a student may have lack of technical writing skills or enthusiasm. These are the main issues an average student experiences during his academic career.
This resource provides references, writing aids and guides for students writing essays in a literature-based composition course. These materials were culled from several different sites; the individual pages link back to the original resource and indicate the Creative Commons license under which the page is adapted and/or reused. Except where otherwise noted, this resource is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.
This resource walks French learners through how to write a "dissertation dialectique", one of the staples of argumentative French essays. It includes an original example by a freshly graduated high schooler about ecology, a controversial and current issue that lands itself well to the exercise. This resource is designed for Advanced learners.
Students are asked to write a brief essay to their new ELA teacher advising them of their likes/dislikes of the course and thier interest in being in the advanced class.
This is a project that is helpful for students to develop a mixtape of sorts without the burden of an essay style submission. If it is done correctly, students will have 1000+ words submitted for a homework or proiect.
This resource provides lecture notes and writing assignments for the study of a novel - in this case, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. These notes and assignments, however, can be adapted and applied to practically any novel. Unless otherwise noted, this resource is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
This resource provides lecture notes and writing assignments for the study of poetry. While specific poems are presented here, these notes and assignments can be adapted and applied to practically any thematic group of poems. The unit contains several modules. The first posits the work of African American poet Langston Hughes as poems that establish a legacy of oratorical poems addressing social issues faced not only by African Americans, but by any and all Americans, especially the historically disenfranchised. The unit explores poems in Hughes' legacy, focusing on three poems by African American poets Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Amanda Gorman, who composed U.S. presidential inaugural poems. The second module explores nature poetry. Students read and analyze poems that explore, ponder and sometimes celebrate the relationship between human beings and nature. Ultimately, students compose poetry explication essays. The third module explores the book-length prose poem "I Remember" (Joe Brainard), teaching students to locate and make use of peer-reviewed articles. Additionally, students write their own "I Remember" poems. Included are introductory lecture, discussion , short writing, explication , and several other assignments. Unless otherwise noted, the materials in this unit are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
The Process of Research Writing is a web-based research writing textbook (or is that textweb?) suitable for teachers and students in research oriented composition and rhetoric classes.
This module presents a series of quotations about thinking. Students are asked to consider whether or not they believe the ideas about thinking are valid ones. After reviewing the quotations, students are asked to select one quotation they believe is true and has a valid point about the thinking process, and a second quote that they believe is not true or valid and explain these in two short essays. These quotes are presented in a slide format for class presentation and in a document form for review after the presentation or if the teacher does not want to make the quotes a group presentation. The slide format can also be used for class discussion of the quotes without a followup assignment. Both the slide presentation and the document handout have the suggested assignment details.
This short fiction unit provides lectures regarding specific texts, discussion assignments, a short writing assignment, and resources for writing a character analysis essay. Unless otherwise noted on the individual pages, the materials in this resource are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
Sample instructions and assessment rubric for an essay on C. Wright Mills' concept of the sociological imagination. Students are challenged to apply the sociological imagination to an element from their own biography. I use this in my Introduction to Sociology course in Canada.
A Personal Narrative Essay is a creative form of writing that explains a memorable event in a student's life. Like other types of essays, it follows a specific structure and includes an introduction, several paragraphs of body content, and a conclusion. The main purpose of a personal narrative essay is to convince the reader of why the applicant would be a good fit for the college or university they apply to.
This mini lesson on prewriting strategies for 5th-8th graders is designed to help students generate ideas for a personal narrative essay in which the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. Prewriting is particularly important because it helps the student plan how to start the narrative essay and to think about the details to include. The four strategies covered in this lesson (using sentence starters, freewriting, listing, and mind mapping) can help writers select which personal experiences have the most significance for them. If the writer feels a strong connection to their topic, then it will be easier for them to convey a message and write an effective narrative essay.Sentence starters is a technique to help students understand the need to focus on a personal experience and can help them frame the initial sentences of their essay. Freewriting helps writers get started without overthinking, which can cause more anxiety and sometimes leads to writer's block. Freewriting helps students write continuously for a set period of time in order to get initial thoughts on paper. Listing and mind mapping are brainstorming techniques which are both helpful in generating essay topics, themes, and supporting details.Throughout the lesson, students can practice each technique, so that by the end of the lesson they can begin writing the first paragraph of their personal narrative essay.
Learn how to write an expository essay with opinion, reason and evidence while creating your very own comic strip!
With superhero Captain Opinion and her sidekicks, Reason and Evidence, the viewer goes on a fun adventure into the world of opinions and the importance of supporting them with lots of reasons and evidence.
Have students write an expository essay that establishes a central idea in a topic sentence; includes supporting sentences with simple facts, details, and explanations; and contains a concluding statement.
This resource is useful in a first-year composition course. The examples are intended for a literature-based composition class. There are also examples of opening strategies intended for an expository composition class. The Word version will give both types of examples.
The corrupting influence of slavery on marriage and the family is a predominant theme in Solomon Northup's narrative Twelve Years a Slave. In this lesson, students are asked to identify and analyze narrative passages that provide evidence for how slavery undermined and perverted these social institutions. Northup collaborated with a white ghostwriter, David Wilson. Students will read the preface and identify and analyze statements Wilson makes to prove the narrative is true.
You don’t need to be a top-selling author to realise that it is important to vary your sentence construction. An essay where every line begins “I think that...” or “There are...” or even just “The” will come across as dull and unimaginative, and it will be difficult to keep your reader’s interest.
The Chemistry Capstone Essay is a way to introduce or assess students' knowledge and understanding of a variety of science texts and their understanding of chemical theories and applications taught during the year. Students demonstrate knowledge by having to be concise and distill down complex ideas and connections from a variety of different texts.
A rubric in student language used by high school students to organize their thoughts on the final essay question for WWI and plan what they are going to write.
A brief infographic and description of the five basic steps of the Writing Process: prewriting, drafting, workshopping, revising and editing, and submitting.