Reflection: Culture! Individuality! Which comes first? - Section 2: Applying Knowledge: Synthesis--Answering the Essential Question


The majority of the students state that culture shapes the individual.  The first example Culture synthesis 1 of student writing shows how a student uses evidence from the presentations to prove her claim. She also acknowledges the counter claim by stating that the class is made up of diverse individual however these individuals are shaped by culture.  Her essay is strong on content but weak on organization and paragraphing.

The second student example Culture synthesis 2 shows how a student can use himself as evidence.  He also claims that culture shapes individuals.  He has several paragraphs that focus on examples from his classmates.  His last body paragraph looks inward and he discusses how he is shaped by his culture by referencing what he talked about in his presentation.  He has a clear organizational pattern. 

  A close look at student essays
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Culture! Individuality! Which comes first?

Unit 2: Identity and Culture: Identifying the Central Idea and Evaluating Evidence in Informational Texts
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT support a claim with sufficient evidence by answering the unit essential question using evidence from their classmates presentations.

Big Idea: Students grapple with culture and individuality: Does culture shape the individual or does the individual shape culture?

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