Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Outlining our Way to Great Essays - Section 3: Harvard Outline


The process of working through the outline last week seems to have helped them today. We spent a full class period completing the outline together for an open response on Great Expectations. That knowledge and the expectations set last week made the transition to a longer, more complex outline for a longer, more complex essay easier. They had little trouble writing thesis statements and full topic sentences. They are still struggling with the analysis pieces, which is to be expected. It is much harder for me to help them, however, because I haven't read many of their books, but I think that could be good thing, since I can't inadvertently feed them any "answers." At least that's what I'm telling myself!

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Outlining our Way to Great Essays

Unit 8: Long Composition on Choice Reading
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT write arguments to support claims in an analysis of texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence by writing thorough outlines.

Big Idea: My students never believe me when I tell them that outlining will actually save them time -- until they actually do it.

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