Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Comparison & Contrast Paragraph Writing Using Two Texts - Section 3: Writer's Workshop


STUDENT EXEMPLAR (Strong example):

There aren’t many people who are comfortable with how they look. There were many scenes in American Born Chinese that showed this. The Monkey King tries changing himself to be someone different, so that the Gods would look at him in a different way. The Monkey King says, “I have mastered twelve major disciplines of kung-fu and transcended my former title! I shall now be called- The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven.” (60) The Monkey King thought by him teaching himself new skills and changing his name, he thought he was different now, and good enough for the other Gods. Just by changing himself up a little, he didn’t realize that he couldn’t change the opinions of others so easily. There wasn’t a way of changing himself fully to meet others’ expectations. Another piece of evidence to clarify this statement would be towards the end of the book when the Monkey King says, “ You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years’ imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey.” (223) When the Monkey King said this, it showed that he’s now finally accepting the fact that he’s a monkey, and he’s fine with being one. The Monkey King realizes that he would have been able to avoid wasting most of his life, over something that he never would have been able to change.

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Comparison & Contrast Paragraph Writing Using Two Texts

Unit 5: Literary: Point of View & Perspective in American Born Chinese
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write effective informative paragraph(s) by selecting evidence from two separate texts and writing about them in a comparison/contrast paragraph.

Big Idea: We focus on writing about more than one text! This is an important and exciting development in our ability to synthesize.

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