Unit: Copy of Unit 3: Personal and Persuasive Essay

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Unit Description

Learn strategies to generate an idea for a personal essay. Learn the structure of an essay, employing thesis statements and relevant supporting evidence. Work collaboratively in partners to strengthen writing and develop and address counterarguments. Edit their work with only some teacher guidance.

Lessons

Lesson 0: Unit 3 Launch Resources: 1

Students will be able to identify the differences between a narrative and a personal essay.

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Lesson 1: Generating Big Ideas Resources: 1

Writers get ideas for essays by thinking about the different parts of their lives like family, school, and friends, and then listing their strong feelings or opinions about them.

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Lessons 2 and 3: Writing a Thesis Resources: 2

Writers choose an idea they can grow into a thesis statement by asking themselves: “Can I show this in at least three ways?" and “Does this reveal something about me that others may not know?”

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Lesson 4: Boxes and Bullets Resources: 2

Writers support their thesis with three examples. We can do this by adding because to our thesis statement and listing three reasons in boxes and bullet formatting.

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Lesson 5: Folders and Ministories Resources: 1

Writers prove their topic sentences by writing mini stories from their own lives. Mini stories have all the elements of good narrative writing, including action, dialogue, and internal thinking.

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Lesson 6: Folders to Drafts Resources: 1

Writers go from folders to drafts by following these steps: Begin by writing your thesis statement on the first indented line, then take your first reason/topic sentence and mini-story and combine them into one paragraph.

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Unit Resources

Unit 3 Overview.pdf  
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Lesson Plan, Persuasive Essay Prompt #1, Junk food.pdf  
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Lesson Plan, Persuasive Essay Prompt #2, Homework.pdf  
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Prompt Essay Chocolate Milk.docx  
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Prompt Essay Junk Food.docx  
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Chocolate Milk Articles.docx  
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Lesson Plan, Drafting an essay with thesis + reasons paragraphs .pdf  
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Lesson Plan, Essays based on research.pdf  
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