Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Essay and Sentence Structure - Section 1: Study of the Structure of an Argument


This was a challenging task for my students. They kept gravitating to an explanation of one of the author's points instead of explaining how the author effectively made that point. This is because explaining the "how" is a higher level thinking task. One thing that was helpful today was reminding students continuously that they need verbs to explain the "how." This focuses their search when they are trying to formulate phrases and sentences to describe the "how."

  The Study of the Structure of Arguments
  Grappling with Complexity: The Study of the Structure of Arguments
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Essay and Sentence Structure

Unit 6: Exploring Identity
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: SWBAT develop awareness of the variety of essay and sentence structures by describing the structure of an argument and mimicking the author's syntax.

Big Idea: Effective writers have powerful linguistic moves we can imitate.

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English / Language Arts, research (Writing Process), collaboration, syntax, questioning, identity, annotate
  57 minutes
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