This is a two-part writing assignment.
The first task asks students to read a passage from the first marking period of the book, and support a claim using the best text evidence available.
The second writing task asks students to analyze the author’s use of figurative language in order to answer a question closely related to the first task.
Included in this package are the two writing tasks, the necessary passage, instructional materials (pre-viewable below), and two exemplar responses.
In addition to selecting the best evidence from the text, these writing assignments ask students to know HOW to present text evidence. The language used is below, and the instructional materials included in this package offer examples, and a key for students so that they can identify the parts of the formula in their own writing:
TRANSITION — A word or phrase used to connect one idea to the next.
LEAD IN — Gives context or background information to the text evidence. When are we? Where are we? In brief, what's been happening plot-wise leading up to this text evidence?
ATTRIBUTIVE TAG — Whose words were borrowed? Are those words thought or spoken aloud?
TEXT EVIDENCE — Purposefully selected because something about it makes it some of the best evidence to support a(n) thesis, claim, argument, stance, statement, or answer.
CITATION — MLA in-text citation (Author 283).
LEAD OUT — It’s analysis. It answers HOW or WHY the text evidence helps support the argument being presented? As part of the analysis, the LEAD OUT often picks apart the author's use of word and phrase choices, including literary elements and writing techniques used. How do these writing choices made by the author support the thesis?
Because lead out is analysis, it often involves making inferences. Thus words such as suggests, implies, and indicates are often necessary to use.