In this lesson, students plan the introductory and concluding paragraphs of their end of unit assessment analytical essay. The introductory paragraph has two components. First, students introduce their central claim (thesis statement). They then provide brief background to describe Ha’s character before she had to flee Vietnam. This context is important so students can then, in the body paragraphs of their essay, explain how Ha’s experience is a specific example of the universal refugee experience of being turned “inside out” and then “back again.”
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 16.
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