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By Kat Aylesworth
This unit was designed to be the second unit of the school year which means that the students will have had ample practice on writing body paragraphs but will need a lot of work on organizing ideas, building writing stamina, and formatting a complete paper. This unit places a heavy emphasis on finding and using textual evidence to support wider claims. It is the first step in the process and will serve as a foundation for the rest of the year.
Students will learn these skills while coming to an understanding about group dynamics and the place of the individual within a larger community through the context of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Many of the ideas on how to teach the writing process as it pertains to the standard analytical essay comes from Michael Degen’s Crafting Expository Argument: Practical Approaches to the Writing Process for Students and Teachers.
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