This fully editable Word Document can either be used as an electronic document each student will fill out on his/her own computer if you have those resources, or you can widen the boxes and print the document for students to fill out by hand.
This worksheet was designed to be used for one, 80-minute class period but can be adapted for your individual purposes.
In this activity, students can use ANY works of literature, articles, videos or other resources you've studied to evaluate the nature of human passions and whether such passions are benefits or are detriments to individual progress. The sample provided for students is from "Into the Wild" by J. Krakauer.
Students work independently, then share with a partner as this activity requires them to chart evidence, quote text, analyze data and ultimately create an arguable thesis statement. The final step of the activity involves a whole-class discussion of sample theses and what makes them good (or what areas of improvement still exist within them).