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  1. Welcome Travelers! Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 Enter the classroom silently. Pick up your daily handout. Retrieve any materials you may need. Begin reading.

  2. Daily Grammar Activity • DIRECTIONS: Circle the pronouns. Then, re-write the sentences using 3rd person point of view. • 1) I believe that all of the female character is A Thousand Splendid Suns make sacrifices for their families. • 2) You should read at least twenty minutes everyday to improve your reading level. • 2) Hosseini wrote A Thousand Splendid Suns to teach you about the lives and hardships of the Afghani people.

  3. 3rd Person POV • Do not use pronouns! • Why? • How does this strengthen our writing?

  4. Beowulf Assessment • Complete your assessment from yesterday. • Do your best! • If you finish early, raise your hand and I will come pick up your exam. I have a few things around the classroom that I can use your help with!

  5. New Discoveries… • Travel Credits • Vocabulary Enrichment • SAT Enrichment • Binder Check Friday • Letter to Judges/ Thesis Final Friday • Library Friday

  6. Stop, Collaborate and Listen! • Listen carefully to the song. Follow along with your lyrics. • STOP AND JOT! • What is/are the GENERAL purpose(s) of this song? (i.e. to entertain, inform, persuade) • What is the SPECIFIC purpose of this song? (i.e. What is the artist trying to tell you?) • Create a quote or statement that this song would defend. • What pieces of evidence in the song supports the main point? List at least 3. • At the end of this song, has the artist convinced you of his main point? Why or why not? • Would a professional audience, like the GP panel of judges, be convinced of his main point? Why or why not?


  8. Why do we write? Literary Analysis Essays • Examine and sometimes evaluate a work of literature • Break the subject down into its different parts • Process to help you better appreciate and understand the work of literature as a whole.

  9. Thesis Statements and Organization • Your objective in writing a literary analysis essay is to convince the person reading your essay that you have supported your central idea, or thesis. • Thesis Statement Body Paragraphs • Your essay must cover the topic you are writing about. • Your essay must have a central idea (stated in your thesis) that governs its development. • Your essay must be organized so that every part helps the reader understand the central idea.

  10. Thesis Statement • Roadmap for your literary analysis essay • What and How • Short sentence that states the purpose of your essay: the point you are trying to make • Without a carefully written thesis, an essay has no chance of success! • Your three body paragraphs support your thesis. (T-SAT!)

  11. Steps for Writing a Thesis Statement • Prompt to frame claim • Brainstorm claim based on text • Draft claim • Refer back to sections of text or whole text to brainstorm evidence • Find three literary devices/ reasons of support for your claim • Draft final thesis statement


  13. Elaborate! • Independently complete essay goals sheet based off the exemplar essay you just read. What goals will you set for your own writing this year? Where do you want to be by the end of the semester? • Group work: Finish your thesis statement from Monday on your song. Complete another thesis statement on the other song presented. Every student must be working.

  14. Collaborate! • Switch thesis statements with neighboring groups to critique and offer advice for peer!

  15. Exit Ticket! • Prompt: Family heritage is more important in shaping identity than personal actions. Does the epic poem Beowulf support or disprove this idea? Use textual examples to support your answer. • Brainstorm • Thesis