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lesson 9
1 hour

Qualities of a Strong Literary Argument Essay


This lesson launches the end of unit assessment, in which students will write a literary argument essay about Bud, Not Buddy. The task is labeled a literary argument because students argue whether Bud uses his rules to survive or thrive, and use evidence from the novel to support their position. The New York State Grades 6–8 Expository Writing Evaluation Rubric has been adapted to assess the standard about written arguments, Writing 6.1, and has been renamed the Literary Argument Essay Rubric. In this lesson, students closely examine the prompt and a model essay so they have a clear understanding and purpose for the work ahead.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 6 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 9. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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