Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Crafting Your Thesis and Hooking Your Reader

 Today's Learning Objectives  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasoning and relevant evidence. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text  

Write an Argument Essay: Crafting Your Thesis  The most important component of the argument essay is the thesis statement. A thesis statement is simply an argument that you are going to prove. It is the road map to your essay and explains to the reader exactly what you will discuss in your paper. 

Using the document Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4, let's work on Step 4 and craft the thesis of our argument essay now.

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 Google Classroom.

For those struggling to develop a hook, I came across this news report from last year: 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.

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete the Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4 and Evidence for My Argument Essay document, which  will be due Thursday, March 24. (3.) Continue working on the Write an Argument Essay: The Hook and Issue Summary (Steps 5 & 6) document, which will be due Wednesday, April 6  

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