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lesson 11
1 hour

Analyzing the Model Essay: Studying Argument


In this lesson, students begin the writing process for the End of Unit 2 Assessment, an argument essay on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The following criteria were used to define argument writing:

– The goal of argument writing is for the reader to acknowledge the validity of the claim (not necessarily be persuaded by it).

– Appropriate evidence is used and analyzed logically to support the claim. This evidence is usually organized into reasons.

– The author considers the reasons and evidence for the reasons before articulating the claim.

– The author acknowledges and responds to a counterclaim in his or her writing.


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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.



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