In this document, you will find two writing ideas with models for your unit on Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron.
One of the ideas is for informal reading-journal entries and the other is for a formal enumerative-style paragraph. The latter I designed to give students the practice of writing a body paragraph for a larger essay. I find that students need a lot of practice writing paragraphs before venturing forth into essay writing. If you prefer your students writing with a more free-form structure, then this purchase is not for you. But if you value teaching burgeoning writers a structure from which they may eventually divert for style purposes, then I know that you will find this helpful. In the model for the enumerative-style paragraph, I included a variety of quotations and methods for embedding
so that students can see that the colon method is not the only option. You will also notice that I have used an ellipsis,
something that students at this grade level should know, and I have included an allusion
to The Godfather. If students are unfamiliar with allusions, this is an example to kick off a discussion or lesson on them.
***If you like what you see here, take a look at my other The Black Cauldron
learning materials (I have included links to a few examples below).***
The Black Cauldron Reading Assessments
The Black Cauldron Close-reading Guide
The Black Cauldron Chapter Summaries
Carolann Reznick~Literacy Rigor
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