I believe Personal Essay ~ Sarah Dohrmann

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Genre(s) taught: argumentative writing, poetry, & personal essay writing

Grade(s) taught: 9th & 10th

Lesson Objective:
Each student will write a scene from their life that will later serve as the “supporting evidence” of something they believe in; then they’ll write one sentence that simply states the belief that their scene exemplifies.

Common Core State Standards: (Refer to the Anchor Standards for Writing at www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/CCRA/W)
All standards listed below are ELA standards for the 9th & 10th grade:

  • Text Types and Purpose :
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3
    Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3.A
    Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.


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