Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Write Essay Draft - Section 3: Application


After quick-reading a good number of outlines and beginning drafts, I realized many students were still struggling to formulate an arguable thesis. They had edited their initial thesis statement and were successful at establishing a stronger central idea. However, their thesis statements were worded awkwardly. Also, and more importantly, I had the sense that students had not evaluated their stated central idea. For instance, several students had stated that they believed identity was defined by the way society perceives you. I am sure that if I ask students whether they mean that society's perception alone defines identity, their answer would be, "No." These students appear to have struggled to put something on paper that made a statement and did not push themselves to the next step, which is to evaluate that statement and make sure they could stand behind it. At the center of this challenge is the fact that they have not fully grasped the idea that this central argument is created entirely by them and must establish a stand on the topic, their stand, with a specific perspective, their perspective. I decided I need to get them to talk about their argument and agree and disagree with each other. I need to organize a class discussion.

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Write Essay Draft

Unit 7: Synthesis Essay on Identity
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT draft an effective introduction by determining the most effective type of hook.

Big Idea: There is a variety of essay hooks to grab your reader's attention.

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, introductory paragraph, argument, analysis
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