Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Introduction To Essay On Their Eyes Were Watching God - Section 3: Students Edit Writing


I like this scaffolding model I created for students because it helps them explain how an essay works conceptually. Specifically, it shows students the relationship between a thesis statement and topic sentences. The question I ask (What do you mean by this?) highlights the purpose of an argumentative essay. Students are supposed to make a strong statement in their thesis and spend the rest of the essay explaining it to the reader in an organized manner, one step at a time, with support from the text. The question also prompts students to explain their thinking, which is an important CCSS skill. This student's paper illustrates the thinking process this student engaged in, which is what I wanted students to be able to do. His thesis statement, for example, was finally clear and pretty strong on the fourth try. He also has five possible answers to the question of what his thesis means. This is a good example of the way students were able to successfully brainstorm.

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Introduction To Essay On Their Eyes Were Watching God

Unit 2: Writing About Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: SWBAT work on developing a strong argument by following a structured brainstorming process.

Big Idea: It is hard for students to realize, but brainstorming does lead to strong ideas.

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