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Language Arts - Secondary Curriculum English Language Arts Grade 11-12
Lesson Plans

Writing Standard 1

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  • American Dream and The Great Gatsby
    This lesson extends over several class periods. Students analyze the claim, grounds, warrants, qualifiers and counterclaims in three articles about the American Dream. Students conduct research and find two additional articles about the American Dream. Students then analyze the argument in those articles. Finally, students write their own argument essay about the current state of the American Dream.
  • Character Analysis and The Crucible
    This set of lessons extends over several weeks and incorporates all acts of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible. Students will closely read The Crucible. Students will cite textual evidence and make interpretations about character development.

    Students will combine the textual evidence with their interpretations and write interpretive statements. In the culminating activity, students will write a character analysis.

  • Claims in "The Crisis, No. 1"
    This set of lessons extends over several days and focuses on "The Crisis, No. 1" by Thomas Paine. Students closely read and annotate the text. Students identify and evaluate claims and evidence in the text. Students present their findings to the class. Finally, students collaboratively write short arguments identifying claims and evidence in "The Crisis, No. 1." Students present their arguments to the class, and the class discusses and assesses the arguments.
  • Toulmin Argument Essay
    This lesson extends over several class periods. Students view a Prezi presentation on Toulmin's argument and complete an assignment based on the presentation. Students then write an argument essay about the power of prevailing passion over reason.


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