Reflection: Essay Writing The First Part of Argumentative Essay Writing: Building the Intro Paragraph - Section 2: Writing the Intro and Quick Conferences


It is really hard for my students to sit down and write, especially when they are surrounded by their friends. I keep telling myself that it's a good thing, that the tone of the class is so positive that they want to work with each other. But I know that mostly they want to work with each other because they struggle with time management. They tell themselves that they can just do it for homework, as if that is a legitimate excuse to wasting class time. I assigned three paragraphs right away to avoid this lame excuse and it helped. The class period was mostly quiet; of course, they asked their neighbors questions, mostly about where to find something in the book, but they were mainly on task. And because it was quiet, I was able to talk with everyone student once and several students twice. Mostly, there needed someone to hear their ideas and help them develop a clear and specific thesis. They love phrases like "in many way," which I loathe. Pip changes in many ways. Just tell me what the change is: he was this but became this because of this. They have to fill in the blank spots, but it makes a much more meaningful statement.

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The First Part of Argumentative Essay Writing: Building the Intro Paragraph

Unit 6: Great Expectations: The Final Assessment
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT write arguments to support claims in an analysis of Great Expectations, using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence by writing about a character whose selfishness or pride creates problems.

Big Idea: The skeleton of the essay is done. Time to turn it into a cogent argument.

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