Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hooking Your Reader and a Final 'Tequila Worm' Project

 Today's Learning Objectives  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasoning and relevant evidence. Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text  

Write an Argument Essay: The Hook  The very beginning of your essay is called the hook because it "hooks" your readers' attention. The hook should relate to the topic of your essay, but it can take many forms. It can be an anecdote (a very short story), a fact, a quote, or a question. Some examples of argument essay hooks can be found below.

Practice writing your 'hook' using the assignment Write an Argument Essay: The Hook and Issue Summary (Steps 5 & 6), which can be found in your Language Arts folder.

For those struggling to develop a hook, I came across this news report this morning 49ers LB Chris Borland retires because of head trauma risks. How might some of you be able to use a quote or an anecdote from this article to begin your argument essay? For those arguing the other side, maybe you could find something from the article Tom Brady on kids playing football: 'The good outweighs the bad' to help with your hook and set the stage for your argument essay.

A Final Tequila Worm Project: The Character of Sofia and What the Text Says  As we read The Tequila Worm together one of our main objectives was to examine how the main character Sofia responded or changed as the plot progressed and moved toward a resolution. One way we can better understand who Sofia is as a character, how she responds and changes, and how she affects the development of the plot is to closely examine what the text says at different stages of the novel.

We know now that a story’s plot is divided into different parts: the exposition, the rising action, the climax, and the falling action and resolution. Today, your task is to examine these different stages of the the story's plot and from each find quotes by Sofia, descriptions of her thoughts and feelings, and words by other characters about her. Hopefully, the excerpts from the text that you choose will reveal important insights about who Sofia is as a character and together will demonstrate how she responds and changes as the plot progresses. 

Each Language Arts class will be sharing one document today entitled Sofia and What the Text Says ('Tequila Worm'): Period 2, Period 3, and Period 5Each group within a class will be assigned one section of the book and will be responsible for identifying the most important excerpts and passages that say something significant about Sofia. Using the shared document, you will record the words directly from the text along with the page number from which the excerpt was found. 

Next class period, each of you will select what you consider to be the most important excerpts from the text from the various stages of the plot and explain what the words mean and why they are significant. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: ... as they turned the corner ... (Week 26) story. (3.) Write your 'hook' from the assignment Write an Argument Essay: The Hook and Issue Summary (Steps 5 & 6). 

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