Reflection: "I Just Wanna Be Average": Tracing the Idea of Persistence in a Personal Essay - Section 2: Reading "I Just Wanna Be Average": tracing his argument


I really am not sure, in the final analysis, if giving the students an extra day was the right thing to do.  I did notice that even my best students were struggling to get through page 2 of 9, and it seemed like I would get them to do it in a hurried and perhaps de-motivating way, but with extra time, they would get the work done and do it with better quality.  I am curious to see, in class tomorrow, if students will arrive with their homework completed.  


**Secret ops: I plan to pop into study hall tomorrow to see if my students are doing their reading, to encourage them to finish and to see, preliminarily, if they have questions written in the margins.  All that said, tomorrow's lesson will reveal a lot about their progress thus far and where they could ostensibly go over the course of the school year. 

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"I Just Wanna Be Average": Tracing the Idea of Persistence in a Personal Essay

Unit 1: Constructive Controversy -- Oral and Written Argumentation
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT determine Mike Rose' point of view and the choices he makes in narrating his experiences in his essay by citing strong and thorough textual evidence.

Big Idea: What motivates you? What are persistence, praise, and performance to a 9th grader? My students will tell you as they respond to Mike Rose.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, narrative voice, Writing, argument (Presentation Skills), argument (Composition), narrative structure, essay, persistence, Praise, effort, motivation, mike rose
  40 minutes
12583688 a road barrier roadblock reading can you break through asking if you can summon the courage and ener
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