Step 1: Prompt Write a five-paragraph essay analyzing how Macbeth changes during the course of the play.
Step 2: Thesis and Topic Sentences—Work Bank/Synonym Bank
Thesis: Paragraph #1
In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth changes from a _____A_____ soldier to a _____B_____conspirator, and finally to a ______C________ king.
In the beginning, Macbeth is ____A______ and _______A________. . .
In the middle, Macbeth becomes ____B____ and ____ B_____ in his desire to become king.
At the end, Macbeth is ____C_____ and ____ C______ . . .
Step 3: Group Prewriting: Gathering CD’s
After gathering CD’s that support each topic sentence have kids pick from the above master list for each paragraph.
They need to do line citations, all quote CD for plays
Need to have kids track the quotes on first reading with MLA citation.
Discuss theme: Use this sentence frame to lead to theme:
________________________ is a story about ____________________________. For example:
The Scarlet Letteris a story about sin
the price of illicit love --Ask the students to do individualthink and fill in the blank as many times as they have thoughts. Then make a groupthink list on the board. Have kids copy.
--Then you write sentence #1, using their theme words (with suggestions from the class) and adding some to make the sentence flow smoothly.
--Then write sentence #2, which says more stuff about #1. Make sure the intro is global enough to fit everyone’s essays.
--Have kids copy the thesis into box 3 below.
--Then have kids copy the intro below the chart to make sure they understand about one paragraph, indenting, and so on.
Or: have kids do thesis on this chart from the start.
Students no go back and copy their introductory paragraph onto paper. Begin with paragraph #2 and add CM (commentary) to each CD. There should be at least 3 CM’s per CD (1CD:3+CM). After students have mastered this basic essay outline, they should be allowed to weave their information and analysis together to find their own style of writing and organization.
Concluding paragraph (Paragraph #5)
Write down some final thoughts about your topic that you might want to leave with the reader.
What lesson would you like your reader to learn from your essay?
What connections can you make between your essay and real life?
Peer response: The teacher or partner reads the first draft (either the shaping sheets used as first drafts or a recopied first draft) and does peer response questions on the body paragraphs only –2-3 questions per paragraph.
Then the kids copy peer response questions to Q and A sheet and write possible answers. They show them to me. Here’s the form”
Then they plot their additions to their body paragraphs and show them to me.
Then they do the final draft with new additions, proofreading and so on; turn everything in, cover sheet on top, final draft next, everything else after that.