Reflection: High Expectations Drafting Character Analysis Essay - Section 1: Work Time


I taught college composition for 6 years. This essay is completely indicative of the kind of writing expected in first year college courses. There, students are supporting claims with evidence after maybe forming an opinion on a topic. Here, it's a little different, because the assignment is a little more structured, but honestly, the essays are overall the same.

That's the thing about Common Core. I'd never have thought about teaching something this complex to a bunch of 6th graders before. It just wasn't on my radar. I didn't think they could do it. But, at the same time, I was complaining to other adjuncts and college writing instructors that my students were unable to craft analysis because they didn't have enough practice. It should have been kind of obvious, huh? I was part of the problem, and I had the opportunity to change it.

The truth is, these kids are capable. It's rough and stressful for me, but the end result is a perfect stepping stone for collegiate success. 

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Drafting Character Analysis Essay

Unit 10: Changes in Self Perception: Part 1
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT: use their brainstorming to create a draft for their analysis essay.

Big Idea: Drafting is dull, but when students have support, they can bust a move!

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