The students have finished reading Part 1 in Tangerine by Edward Bloor. They have met the protagonist, Paul Fisher and his brother, Erik. Their brotherly love leaves a lot to be desired. However, in the neighborhood, there is another set of brothers that have each others’ back. Students wrote a contrast paragraph explaining how the two sets of brothers differ.
In the past, we practiced writing thesis statements, so students were expected to create a thesis statement for their paragraph. Their pre-writing is formatted using the perfect paragraph design; an example is provided.
I reviewed the requirements of a thesis statement to be: clear, concise, and state the writer’s bias. Suggestions about how to contrast the brothers were based upon love vs fear, caring vs intimidation.
Using their pre-writing, students easily transformed their thoughts into a rough draft. The perfect paragraph organizer assists students in converting their ideas and information into an organized and logical rough draft including strong textual evidence to express the differences between the two sets of brothers.
Throughout the year, students have learned several revision strategies which I expect them to use on a regular basis. Students have this list in their notebooks to use as a reference. Today, I asked them to specifically focus upon use of transitions indicating contrast and textual evidence verbs. They have a Tree Map of Transitions in their notebook for reference. “Textual evidence verbs” is used incorporate textual support appropriately in the sentence. A poster is displayed in class for easy reference throughout the year.
If students do not finish, they complete it for homework. As a warm-up the next day, students will read their paragraphs in small groups, so other members can give feedback.