This is a guided lesson designed to be completed individually by students with multiple checkpoints for whole-class instruction, critique, reflection, and revision.
Students need access to Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour" and Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman" (both linked in the slides).
The TDA question: Kate Chopin and Sojourner Truth are both considered early feminists. Write an essay analyzing how both of these texts illustrate the authors’ stances on feminism. Use evidence from the texts to support your response.
This lesson should take multiple class days.
Students begin first by crafting a thesis statement step-by-step. The teacher should pull examples (good and bad) from student writing and include them in blank thesis slide for whole-class critique.
Next, students, work on pulling evidence and writing warrants to explain how their evidence supports the claims being made in their thesis statements. The teacher again pulls strong and weak examples for whole-class critique.
Finally, students work on introductions and conclusions, following the same process with whole-class critique on a few examples.
The goal is to demonstrate and model the process for writing a thoughtful TDA response (or comparative essay) to two different texts.
I originally used this with a 9th grade English 1 class to prepare them for an essay that was a part of state-wide standardized testing. I do think it is a VERY challenging prompt, but they felt very prepared after this process.
Created for Ms Moore's English Classroom