Cps area 19 Name: Quarter 3 Benchmark Date: Period: To Arrange or Not to Arrange, That is the Question Summary



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CPS AREA 19 Name: _________________________________

Quarter 3 Benchmark Date: _______________ Period: ___________

To Arrange or Not to Arrange, That is the Question
Summary: Juliet’s parents expect her to marry Paris as an arranged marriage; this is a practice that still takes place in other countries and cultures. Today we read an essay on the advantages of an arranged marriage, and over the next couple of days we will read some other essays that focus on the same subject. Your assignment is to write an essay, in the MEL-Con format, on your opinion on arranged marriages.
Writing Prompt: Arranged marriage is a practice that still takes place in some cultures, do you agree with this practice?
Benchmarks Assessed

  • I can write an argument that introduces a thesis, acknowledges counterclaims and clearly organizes the reasons and evidence for both.

  • I can write an argument that uses transitions to link the major sections of a text, creates unity, and clarifies the relationships, claims, reasons, and evidence.

  • I can write an argument that contains a concluding statement that supports the claim presented.

  • I can write a clear and logical piece of writing that shows an understanding of the task, purpose, and audience.




4

Exceeds

3

Meets

2

Approaching



1

Not Met


Topic and Organization
ACTS Method

My introduction follows and includes the ACTS method. It has an appropriate Attention Getter, a Connector that logically connects the (A) to the (T), a Thesis that clearly states the point of my essay, and a Summary that explains how my essay will flow.

My introduction has all of the elements of the ACTS method; however, it is not perfect.

- Attention Getter is

generic

- Connector is weak or



not well thought out

- Thesis is not a strong

Statement

- Summary is too general



I attempt to use all the elements of the ACTS method, but I fall short because I don’t fully understand it yet.

I have no clue what I am doing or I didn’t try my hardest.

Development and Support
This is the Evidence part of a MEL-Con paragraph

I can find and state specific events from the text that are strong/solid and that clearly show proof of my Main Topic Sentence (M)

I can find and state specific events from the text that show proof of my Main Topic Sentence; however, they might not be the best example.

I could make a general statement about an event that took place somewhere in the text that helps prove my Main Topic Sentence

I have no clue what I am doing or I didn’t try my hardest


Transitions

My transitions are sophisticated and integrate ideas.

My transitions may be simple, but usually connect ideas.

My transitions are simple and may not connect or explain ideas.

My transitions are evident but incorrectly connect ideas.


Supporting Inferences
This is the Links part of a MEL-Con paragraph

All my Links are two sentences and clearly explain how my pieces of evidence prove my Main Topic Sentence.

Most of my Links are two sentences and explain how my pieces of evidence prove my Main Topic Sentence

I have links, but they need more explanation. My links leave the audence asking, “SO WHAT?” to my evidence.

I attempted to have links, but there was no connection or I included more evidence


Conclusion

My conclusion is detailed and extends the topic.

My conclusion is evident and generally well-developed.

My conclusion is evident, though under-developed.

My conclusion is absent.

CPS AREA 19 Name: _________________________________

Quarter 3 Benchmark Date: _______________ Period: ___________

Organizing Your Thoughts

Advantages of an Arranged Marriage

Disadvantages of an Arranged Marriage







What side are you going to take?
Central Idea: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Supporting Details: Write 3 sentences that cause you to feel that way.

  1. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PART II: Drafting
Introduction

Attention-getter (This should be a statement, quote, or question that engages your reader in the essay topic. In this essay, your attention-getter should relate to the idea of arranged marriages):


Use one of the five strategies on the handout you received!
Connector (Connects your attention-getter to the thesis. If your “Attention-getter” is a question, answer it here)
Here, you need to connect your attention getter to the topic. If you used a question as your attention-getter, explore possible answers here. Then give some background information about the topic of arranged marriage. Assume the reader does not know as much as you do.


Thesis (This is a statement that summarizes what you will write about in the body paragraphs – NO “I” STATEMENTS):

In a single sentence, state what you are going to argue throughout the paper. Don’t use “I!”

FIRST BODY PARAGRAPH


Supporting Detail #1


M

Topic Sentence




E

Example/Evidence






L

Connection to topic – explain

(2-3 sentences)




E

Example of Counter-argument for this detail





L

Explains how Counter-argument is wrong.

(2-3 sentences)




Con

Concluding Statement





SECOND BODY PARAGRAPH


Supporting Detail #2


M

Topic Sentence




E

Example/Evidence






L

Connection to topic – explain

(2-3 sentences)




E

Example of Counter-argument for this detail





L

Explains how Counter-argument is wrong.

(2-3 sentences)




Con

Concluding Statement





THIRD BODY PARAGRAPH

Supporting Detail #3


M

Topic Sentence




E

Example/Evidence






L

Connection to topic – explain

(2-3 sentences)




E

Example of Counter-argument for this detail





L

Explains how Counter-argument is wrong.

(2-3 sentences)




Con

Concluding Statement




Finally, write a paragraph in which you summarize your points, connect all your ideas of arranged marriages.








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