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Newsela class code: CJFGF2

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WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION/PARAGRAPH CONSTRUCTION

COURSE EXPECTATIONS

SYLLABUS


LOGIC within paragraphs

  • Focus: This has to do with not getting off the subject, not bringing in material that is irrelevant.
  • Cohesion: Cohesion concerns the flow of sentences and paragraphs from one to another. It involves the tying together of old information and new. Cohesion enhances a reader's understanding of our ideas.
  • UnityAll sentences in a paragraph must be unified around a central point or controlling idea. This controlling idea is usually declared in a topic sentence. Supporting sentences contribute information to help the reader see the validity of the controlling idea.
  • Transitions: words, phrases, and sentences that help to create a relationship between ideas. Transitions are a means to create cohesion and unity.

NEWSELA ARTICLES:
  • The difference between empathy and sympathy OR La diferencia entre empatía y simpatía
  • Essay: Why "Fahrenheit 451" will always be terrifying
  • How Propaganda Works

Problems with Paragraphs Exercise


WEEK 2: PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE

PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE CHART


TOPIC SENTENCES

TOPIC SENTENCES B


TEXT STRUCTURE

PATTERNS OF ORGANIZATION

TEXT STRUCTURE PP

Text Structure Exercise

Text Structure Exercise II

Worksheet A: Main Idea and Text Structure


WEEK 3: EVALUATING CLAIM, EVIDENCE, AND SPEAKER

BASICS OF WRITING A GOOD TOPIC SENTENCE


EVIDENCE


Evaluating the validity and usefulness of evidence

Topic and Evidence Exercise (pp. 22 -23)

Amplified Greenhouse Exercise (pp. 24-25)

Argument and Evidence email (p. 26)

  • With a partner: Developing Strong Support: Ecotourism Exercise (pp. 41-44)
  • On your own: Developing Strong Support: City Council (. 45)
  • Truth or Consequences Table

SOAPSTONE

With a partner: Evaluating Arguments Exercises (pp. 50-54)

Quiz: Check Your Skills (p. 55)



WEEK 4: BEGINNING THE ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY
Definition and characteristics


FOCUS: THESIS STATEMENT

Creating a Thesis Exercise


WEEK 5: GATHERING EVIDENCE


  • Internet validity


Research Form


Developing Strong Support Exercise


WEEK 6: INCORPORATING EVIDENCE INTO YOUR ESSAY


  • citations

WEEK 7-8: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


SOAPSTONE


LOGIC WITHIN AN ESSAY: Putting paragraphs together logically to prove an overall main idea

Priority Criteria


Plan, Draft, Evaluate exercise (pp. 9-10)


ESSAY STRUCTURE

Introduction

Body Paragraphs
Conclusion


WEEK 9: REVISING


  • Self-Evaluation Form: Development of Ideas and Organizational Structure Form (pp. 58-60)
  • GRAMMAR
  • CONCISENESS
  • ELIMINATING WORDS
  • Eliminate unnecessary determiners and modifiers
  • Omit repetitive wording
  • Omit redundant pairs



WEEK 10-12: LITERARY ANALYSIS essay

In the Walls of Eryx

In the Walls of Eryx questions

In the Walls of Eryx quotes

The Censors  English version

The Censors  Spanish version

The Censors quotes


Literary Analysis topics for In the Walls of Eryx

Literary Analysis topics for The Censors

Literary Analysis Outline Format


WEEK 13: TEST ESSAY

Practice: (p. 16)

Organizing a short Answer (pp. 28-31)


RESOURCES:


MLA


Thesaurus


Dictionary


Writing


Paragraphs

Establishing Arguments

These OWL resources will help you develop and refine the arguments in your writing.

Logic in Argumentative Writing

This resource covers using logic within writing—logical vocabulary, logical fallacies, and other types of logos-based reasoning.

Essay Writing

Covers a variety of essays

Conciseness

This resource will help you write clearly by eliminating unnecessary words and rearranging your phrases.

Adding Emphasis

This handout provides information on visual and textual devices for adding emphasis to your writing including textual formatting, punctuation, sentence structure, and the arrangement of words.

Sentence Variety

This resource presents methods for adding sentence variety and complexity to writing that may sound repetitive or boring. Sections are divided into general tips for varying structure, a discussion of sentence types, and specific parts of speech which can aid in sentence variety.

Using Appropriate Language

This handout will cover some of the major issues with appropriate language use: levels of language formality, deceitful language and euphemisms, slang and idiomatic expressions; using group-specific jargon; and biased/stereotypical language.

Active and Passive Voice

This handout will explain the difference between active and passive voice in writing. It gives examples of both, and shows how to turn a passive sentence into an active one. Also, it explains how to decide when to choose passive voice instead of active.


Grammar

Grammar Practice

More Grammar Practice