Reflection: Essay Writing “The End of Something” Essay-Students Test Their Working Argument - Section 5: Application


One highlight of this assignment is that students are actually making arguments. Students are making points and offering a perspective of this story. This is a big victory for me because I have been pushing them to move away from straight summaries of the text when they are being asked to make claims. However, some of their conclusions about this story are inaccurate at this point. For instance, one student is arguing that “the relationship between Nick and Marjorie didn’t go well because of the connection they have with their memories of Hortons Bay.” I don’t think the few words in the text about their memories of the town suggest a connection to their break up. This student is going to have to dig in the story to make this argument work. However, I’m allowing this for now because it actually sounds like an argument and it is a worthy use of his time to struggle to make it work. 

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  Essay Writing: Students' Arguments
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“The End of Something” Essay-Students Test Their Working Argument

Unit 5: Modernist Literature
Lesson 6 of 17

Objective: SWBAT strengthen their working argument by sharing it in small group discussions and getting feedback.

Big Idea: Counting on the power of discussion to clarify and strengthen ideas.

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Modernism, citation (Research Writing), discussions, writing & conferencing, Hemingway, questioning strategy
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