Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Argument Writing Practice - Section 2: Argument Writing Practice


I've been trying to provide my students with more opportunities to practice developing body paragraphs this year through step-by-step templates and procedures.  In this lesson, I have modified the steps in the process I provided them when they developed their theme essays for Of Mice and Men, and so the pattern should look familiar to them.

Too often, I have noticed, a student essay starts off well, only to become a muddle of unorganized, often repeated thoughts, like watching the air slowly slip out of a balloon.  I have come to believe that many students are afraid of their own thoughts in an essay and so settle on developing the minimum they can get away with in their body paragraphs (I prefer this theory to accepting that they may be too lazy to care).  

If I can provide my students with step-by-step procedures for developing quality body paragraphs, and get them to believe that no step may be skipped, then I believe I can improve their essays overall. Body paragraphs can then start to say all that they should and need to say in order to fully support a student's thesis.  


  Keeping The Air In Body Paragraphs
  Grappling with Complexity: Keeping The Air In Body Paragraphs
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Argument Writing Practice

Unit 11: To Kill a Mockingbird Part I
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT to produce two paragraphs in support of or against a claim found in Part One of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Big Idea: Students branch outside of the text to defend their stance.

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