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English 7 11-9-15

Learning Target: I can analyze exemplary essays and revise my own essay.

Homework: Revisions due (and PRINTED OUT) tomorrow!

Quarter 1 Exam on Thursday and Friday.
Note: You may sign up to stay for Remedial tonight to work on essay!

Book talk on Friday moved to tomorrow due to Q1 Exam?
Word of the Day: revision

Opening Activity: Analyze the grade 6-8 rubric.

  • Underline words that show the difference between an essay that earns 1, 2, 3 and 4 points. (Ethiopia partner)


Today:

  1. Read exemplary essays. Discuss what makes each essay exemplary. Where does it fit on the rubric?




  1. Read exemplary introductions and conclusions. Discuss what makes them exemplary.



  1. Work with partner on the Schoology quiz called “Help with Revision.” You have 2 chances to submit.


Closing Activity: Begin your revisions. Make sure you

understand my comments and highlights!



A Long Walk to Water and “I Would Do Anything” Theme Essay – Exemplars

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The novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” address the theme “persistence allows individuals to overcome challenging environments.” Nya and Salva both go through rough times in their journeys and lives but somehow they always push through.

In A Long Walk to Water both Nya and Salva show persistence in challenging environments. Nya has to walk eight hours every day to the pond and back to gather water. She must continue no matter what. “There it was, a big thorn that had broken off right in the middle of her heel. Nya pushed at the skin around the thorn… She pressed her lips together against the pain.” This quote shows that Nya must persist through challenging environments because the thorn got stuck in her heel and she must push through the pain to get to the pond. If she does not make it to the pond then her family will not have the water that they need. Salva had to leave his village because the war struck. He now must walk all day, every day to find safety. The environment challenges him by making him dehydrated and both mentally and physically hurt. “Uncle cautioned him to make the water in his gourd last as long as possible. It was the hardest thing Salva had ever done, taking only tiny sips when his body cried out for huge gulps of thirst-quenching, life-giving water. The worst moment of the day happened near the end. Salva stubbed his bare toe on a rock, and his whole toenail came off. The pain was terrible.” This shows Salva’s persistence because despite the pain he is able to push through and continue to walk through the desert.

In the poem “I Would Do Anything” both characters show persistence to overcome challenging environments in their lives and the lives of Nya and Salva. In the poem it says, “I will take opportunities to create a future that might be different.” The characters will work hard to make the lives of the younger generation better than their own lives. By working hard they will be able to make those changes. Another quote that shows this is “For my family I would do anything.” The characters will risk anything for their family. They will push through problems to complete goals.

Both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” show persistence allows individuals to overcome challenges.

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Both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” address the theme “persistence allows individuals to overcome challenging environments.” The characters in the novel and the poem always work hard and push through difficulties to survive.

In the novel, A Long Walk to Water, Salva is persistent and perseveres through all of the ups and downs throughout his journey. Salva had to run away from home due to the fact that the war was in his village while he was at school. His teacher told him and his classmates not to go home and that they must run away. A quote that shows this is “Then he was running too. Away from home.” (7) This shows that Salva could not go home because it was way too dangerous. Another detail that shows persistence is that he had been walking, walking, and walking all day and all night with no food at all. This affected him drastically because he was so hungry even the simplest task were becoming extremely difficult. A quote that shows this is “Salva had never been so hungry. He stumbled along somehow moving one foot ahead of the other.” This shows that Salva is being persistent by pushing through his hunger. He knows that no matter what he needs to keep going and push himself through this hard time. Salva needs to push through in order to survive.

The poem “I Would Do Anything” shows persistence helps individuals to overcome challenges. The poem shows that Nya and Salva’s uncles will always be there do support, love, care for, and do anything to help their family. They continue to repeat saying that they will do anything to support their families but in different words each time. A quote to show this is “For my family I would do anything.” (93) This shows that the uncles care a lot about their families and will always love and be there for them. Another detail that shows this is “…Running for their lives.” (93) This means that they had to run for safety. If they didn’t run the risk of death was extremely high. This shows persistence because the uncles push through because of their will to survive.



Both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” show persistence allows individuals to overcome challenges.

Exemplary essays “Clearly introduce a topic in a manner that is compelling and follows logically from the task and purpose.” What makes the following introductions EXEMPLARY?


  1. Both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” address the theme “persistence allows individuals to overcome challenging environments.” The characters in both A Long Walk to Water and “I Would Do Anything” face challenging, war-ravaged environments; Nya and her uncle must move away from home in the dry season, while war between North and South Sudan pushes Salva away from home.


  1. In the novel A Long Walk to Water, the author, Linda Sue Park, has created two characters: Nya and Salva. The character Nya fictional; a mixture girls from Sudan that Park had learned about. The character Salva is a real person who has run away from war, lost his family, and drills wells for villages in South Sudan. The theme of Park’s novel A Long Walk to Water is “persistence allows individuals to overcome challenging environments.” The poem “I Would Do Anything” has the same theme.


  1. In both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything,” the characters display the theme of persistence in overcoming challenging environments. They do this by being brave and not giving up, no matter what.

Exemplary essays “provide a concluding statement or section that is compelling and follows clearly from the topic and information presented.” What makes the following conclusions EXEMPLARY?


  1. Throughout the novel A Long Walk to Water and the two-voice poem “I Would Do Anything,” Nya, Salva, and their uncles display the theme persistence allows individuals to overcome challenging environments. They all show determination. They never stop their journeys, and they will protect their families at all costs.




  1. In conclusion, Salva and Nya persist through pain, just like their uncles do. All of these characters show persistence in overcoming the tough environment surrounding them.



  1. I think that you do not have to be a perfect person yourself to help others persevere through challenging environments and help them in their lives. Even though Nya’s side of the story is fiction, the people in her story do things because they want to help others, and be good people. The characters in both the novel A Long Walk to Water and the poem “I Would Do Anything” show the theme of persistence in overcoming challenging environments.


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