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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday's Classs - Writing Workshop

Things You Need for Class Today
  1. Pen or Pencil
  2. Composition Book
  3. Your essay question you did for homework
  4. Romeo and Juliet play

DO NOW - Think and Respond
Entry Title: My Essay Question 

1.  Did the homework:   Switch questions with a partner and give your partner feedback about their essay question.

2. Didn't do the homework: Write an essay question about the impetuous behavior of Romeo and Juliet.

    1. Bellwork: My Essay Question
    2. Reminder: Rule #1: Follow directions quickly!
    3. Quote of the Week: “Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning.” ― Anton Chekhov
    4. Today's Question:  How might you be sure you have written a challenging essay question?
    5. Mini-Lesson:  Modeling of how to write a good essay question.
    6. Guided Practice:  Use the Writing Good Essay Questions Worksheet and Rubric have your essay question peer edited and then write a response to your essay question using TREES by the end of the period.
    7. Assessment: Completed essay handed in at end of the period.
    8. Homework: Finish essay for homework for a lower grade if not done by end of the period. 
Sample Response

Your Essay Question: Compose a letter from Friar Lawrence to Romeo warning him about the dangers of being impetuous. Only write the body of the letter. Use TREES.

   I am writing this letter to you to warn you about the dangers of acting too rashly and making decisions that are made without considering the consequences. I am doing this because I love you and want only the best for you and your Juliet.  One example of your impetuous behavior is your decision to be married so soon after meeting Juliet.  This is a rash choice to make because you do not know what this girl will be like in the future.  How do you know that the two of you will be compatible in the future?  How do you know that your love will stand the test of time?  Marriage is a life-long promise.  Are you prepared to make such a commitment?  You are basing your decision to be married solely on her looks, not what's on the inside.  Be careful pupil mine! Your impetuousness may one day be your undoing.