Time to make a big decision!

Time to make a big decision!

Bellringer Find your handout from last week at the front of the room. Take it to your seat. Do NOT sit with people who will distract you! Get out a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Wait for instructions. The Odyssey Essay Week Lesson 2: Writing a Thesis Statement and Drafting an Introduction

I Can Write a thesis statement. Write an introductory paragraph. Standards 9-10.W.TTP.1Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid

reasoning supported by relevant and sufficient evidence. Introduce precise claim(s). Develop claim(s) and counterclaim(s) fairly, supplying evidence for each claim and counterclaim while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audiences knowledge level and concerns. Create an organization that establishes cohesion and clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaim(s), reasons, and evidence. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone. Standards: Todays Focus 9-10.W.TTP.1Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning

supported by relevant and sufficient evidence. Introduce precise claim(s). Develop claim(s) and counterclaim(s) fairly, supplying evidence for each claim and counterclaim while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audiences knowledge level and concerns. Create an organization that establishes cohesion and clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaim(s), reasons, and evidence. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone. Essay Format Introduction

Body Paragraph 1 Body Paragraph 2 Body Paragraph 3 Conclusion Where do we start? Introduction Body Paragraph 1 Body Paragraph 2 Body Paragraph 3 Conclusion

Introductory Paragraph The first paragraph of an essay should introduce the reader to the essay topic. It should create interest in the essay, outline the writers main ideas, and suggest how these ideas will be presented within the body of the essay. The introduction consists of three main elements: a hook, building sentences, and a thesis statement. Introductory Paragraph HookThe first sentence (or sentences)

of an essay should catch the readers attention. It introduces the topic of the essay in an interesting way. Introduce the TopicProvide background information to give readers some context about the topic. They should build towards the thesis statement. Thesis StatementComes at the end of the introduction. It is the most important sentence in the entire essay because it presents the essay topic and the writers position on that topic.

HOOK IDEAS On your paper where you have been taking notes, take a moment to write your first attempt at a HOOK! Consider the ideas below and think about how to best interest your audience in your writing about The Odyssey! Anecdote (narrative vignette) I walked proudly through the hallways of AMS, my new blue mohawk glistening magnificently in the florescent lighting of the hallway, but then

I saw Mr. Caruthers. I felt the wax in my hair start to melt. Question Do schools have the right to tell kids how to dress? Setting At Centerville Middle School, a controversy is brewing. Walk down the hallways, and amidst a tranquil sea of khaki pants and navy blue polo shirts, the blades of a fuchsia mohawk cut through the peaceful learning environment.

Alliterative Phrase Timeless. Tasteful. Tried and true. The traditional school uniform is the foundation of a true learning environment. Quotation Give me liberty or give me death. Lets Rate These Hooks! 1At least you tried! 2It is interesting but does not clearly relate to the topic.

3It introduces the topic but isnt particularly unique or interesting. 4It is interesting but a bit basic needs a little flair! 5You grabbed the readers attention in a unique and interesting way that clearly relates to the topic. Thesis Statements Typically comes at the end of the introduction. These sentences can stand alone to provide a very basic

answer to the question you are working to answer. This is the most important sentence in the entire piece because everything else MUST relate back to the thesis statement. Which of the following is a good thesis

statement? I believe we must stop wasting food now! The problem of food waste can easily be solved by implementing three simple steps: reduce, reuse, recycle. If you arent reducing, reusing, and recycling, you should. I believe wasting food is a huge problem. We need to reduce our food waste. For example, make a shopping list before you go to the store, and only buy things you truly need. You shouldnt buy a gallon of

milk if you are only going to drink a quart of it during the week. Who cares if the gallon size is on sale? Lets take a look back at your handout from last week. Your instructions were to write the prompt to the right that YOU will be responding to this week and to determine if you will claim that the JOURNEY or the GOAL is more important and BRIEFLY explain WHY. Share your responses with your groups and discuss the following: Does the response clearly answer the selected prompt by claiming that either the journey or the goal is more effective? Does the response reflect whether the writer will address theme,

characterization, or both in his or her essay? Can the response be supported by the content of The Odyssey? Is your response ONE sentence long? GUESS WHAT If you answered YES to all the questions discussed with your group, then you have written the most important sentence of your essayyour THESIS STATEMENT!

Now What? You have two major components of your introductionyour hook and your thesis statement. All that is left is filling in that middle space with a couple of sentences introducing the topic! When you start working on the sentences that introduce your topic, talk to Mrs. Thomas if you need some sentence starters. EXIT TICKET

Finish your introduction by piecing together each component using the HIT method. Proof read your introduction to make sure it is COHERENT! Once you finish, bring your writing to Mrs. Thomas to be approved. You will NOT be allowed to move on to body paragraphs tomorrow until your introduction has been

approved! Sentence Starters: When considering the development of Odysseus as a character, as well as the development of theme in The Odyssey, As the audience learns more about Odysseus, As the audience sees the story unfold, Homer communicates a clear theme: Odysseus is clearly portrayed as a man who is

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