Prompt Think about the ways you have changed as you have gotten older and become more mature. Using the four sources from our narrative unit, write an essay in which you agree or disagree the quote below



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WOD Take 2

Perry High School

English 9
Directions

The following prompt is based on “Oranges”, “Spotlight”, “Eleven” and “The Scarlet Ibis” as well as our quarter theme: “Coming of Age as a Teenager.” The prompt requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. Synthesis refers to combining the sources and your position to form a cohesive, supported argument and accurately citing sources. Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument. Avoid summarizing the sources.


*Remember to attribute both direct (within the sentence) and indirect (parenthetical at the end of the sentence) citations.
Background Information

Ninth grade marks many important transitions. Whether through physical changes (changing schools, moving to a new area, growing older) or emotional changes (new friends or new teachers), each student “comes of age”. “Coming of age” usually occurs over a period of time, but there are often key incidents that individuals can point to as significant milestones in their coming-of-age experience.


Prompt

Think about the ways you have changed as you have gotten older and become more mature. Using the four sources from our narrative unit, write an essay in which you agree or disagree the quote below:
Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.”
You may refer to the sources by the titles below:

“Oranges” (Soto)

“Eleven” (Cisneros)

“Spotlight” (Anderson)

“First Love” (Hurst)

Name: ______________________________ Period: ______________________ Teacher: _________________________

WOD Pre-Write Sheet

Circle one: Timed Untimed


Prompt: Think about the ways you have changed as you have gotten older and become more mature. Using the four sources from our narrative unit, write an essay in which you agree or disagree the quote below:


Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.”

DISSECT THE PROMPT

R(ole):

A(udience):

F(orm):

T(opic):


Read AND Annotate All Possible Sources

Thesis Statement:

List possible vocabulary words that you might include in your essay:

Textual Evidence – Decide which quotes you plan on including in your essay and include parenthetical citations (essay must include at least one quote from each source (2 per body paragraph):

Body Paragraph 1 _________________________

Quote 1:


Quote 2:

Body Paragraph 2 _______________________

Quote 1:

Quote 2:



Essay Reference Sheet

INTRO PARAGRAPH:

__ Hook


__ Optional follow-up sentence related to hook

__ Thesis statement

__ Optional 1-3 follow-up sentences to further explain thesis statement

2-3 BODY PARAGRAPHS:

__ Topic sentence

__ Textual Evidence - Embed quote and include parenthetical citation

__ 1-2 analysis sentences to explain evidence and how it supports the argument/thesis statement

__ Textual Evidence - Embed quote and include parenthetical citation

__ 1-2 analysis sentences to explain evidence and how it supports the argument/thesis statement

__ Conclusion sentence

CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH:

__ Re-stated thesis statement

__ Final thoughts (1-2 sentences)

MLA FORMAT

__ Heading on top left, double spaced (Name/teacher/class/date)

__ Running header on top right corner on all pages (Last name/page #)

__ Title for essay (no bold, underline, or italics)

__ If typed, double spaced, size 12 font

VOCABULARY

__ 3-5 Vocabulary words highlighted (Tier III)



__ Power verbs to introduce textual evidence (Tier II)


Formal Academic Writing Reminders:

  • Omit the personal pronouns “You”

  • Avoid contractions (can’t, shouldn’t)

  • Use formal diction (avoid cliché and idioms)

  • Use appropriate punctuation, grammar, and spelling

  • Use transitions between thoughts and body paragraphs


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