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The Glass Castle BUNDLE: Quote Response, Argument Prompts, Syntactical Imitation

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This Glass Castle BUNDLE includes the following three products: The Glass Castle Quote Response with Say, Mean, Matter; The Glass Castle Argument Prompts; and The Glass Castle Syntactical Imitations.

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Quote Response:

In this packet, students respond with commentary in the format of "Say, Mean, Matter" to ten significant quotes from the novel The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. The first page defines the expectations for "Say, Mean, Matter," in the following manner:

Say: What is the text literally saying; a direct quote or paraphrase

Mean: What does this quote or passage mean in the context of the story? What does it illustrate about a character or conflict? Is it symbolic? How does it connect to a deeper meaning in the story? Read between the lines. What can you infer? Be sure to connect to the story.

Matter: Why is this quote or idea in the passage important past the novel? What universal meaning or thematic idea does it illustrate? How does it relate to society, human behavior, the world, or abstract concepts?

Argument Prompts:

This print-and-go packet includes five AP-style argument essay prompts based on The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.

Controversial prompts are based on the following subjects that appear in the novel: parenting, homelessness, bending the rules, compassion, hate, hypocrisy, and responding to a maxim, or familiar saying. Student must take a position and support with appropriate evidence.

These can be stand-alone prompts or can be incorporated into a novel study of The Glass Castle.

Since there are five different prompts, different groups in the class could be assigned different prompts for debate, planning, and writing; or simply use as an individual essay prompt in preparation for the AP test.

Another activity I have found successful is where groups of five students each have one of the five prompts. They read, annotate, and write a thesis statement for the specific prompt they are given. Then, after 8 minutes or designated time, students rotate papers and have to develop and write the first piece of evidence and commentary to support the thesis. After 8 minutes, pass again and students write the second piece of evidence and commentary, and so on. The last person could add a counterargument or concession. Finally, the students get back their original papers and can read over the development.

Syntactical Imitations:

One of the best ways for AP Lang students to understand and use parallel construction and other syntactical constructions is have them imitate successful authors' constructions.

Students will learn the following syntactical constructions:
*Parallel Construction

For nine text passages from The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, representing the above syntactical constructions, students will write commentary for the rhetorical effect the construction has on meaning. They will then write an original imitation of the structure, mimicking the author.

In my AP Lang classroom, students who practice imitating specific syntactical structures are more able to incorporate them successfully into their own writing!

*Note: Reading the novel The Glass Castle is not necessary for this activity, but it does complement a novel unit.

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If you are interested in these individual products, here are the links:

* The Glass Castle Quote Response - Say, Mean, Matter
* The Glass Castle Argument Prompts - AP Lang and Comp
* The Glass Castle Syntactical Imitations: AP Lang and Comp

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