Sophomore English Writing: Week 9

Teach English Writing


Last week:

  • mid term exam

This Week

  • review one question from the exam
  • begin a new direction in the writing class
  • homework for next week

Homework Next Week

Usually, there is no home work in this class. This week is different.

Your homework this week is to watch and understand a short video. Click here and read through the lesson.

It’s a short story about understanding life with analogies.

  1. Check the vocabulary in Step 2. Make sure you understand these words.
  2. Watch and listen to the video a few times. The images are not important to the story. Pay attention to the spoken words. There are subtitles to help you understand what the speaker is saying.
  3.  Answer the comprehension questions in Step 4.
  4. Bring your answers to class next week.

Part 1. Exam Question Review

This was one of the exam questions. Your job was to change this into proper text by fixing the errors and adding paragraphs.

Here is a look at the errors and suggested answers.

Part 2. Where do we go from here?

After the mid term exam, we will spend several weeks learning how to write arguments.

  • What is an argument?
  • How can we write it?
  • Why should we do that?

Part 3. Model Text and Practice Questions

An argument is the basic idea. But more text is need to explain the ideas and reasons and provide examples. Let’s call this the analysis.

Click here to read a model analysis with a simple argument. Here is the pdf for the model argument.

This worksheet has a model text analysis plus practice question using the argument sentence pattern.

Part 4 More Thoughtful Practice

Now it’s time apply this knowledge about writing arguments. Here’s the task.

  • Watch the video below.
  • Work with a partner to brainstorm the argument. Use the sentence pattern we studied in class.
  • Think about the reasons (premise), evidence and details.
  • Make notes.
  • On your own, write a few paragraphs to describe the argument with details.
  • Be sure to include a paragraph or two which describes your response. Do you agree with the argument?

The final output should be a well written text, maybe 1 page. Be sure to use paragraphs and proper presentation.

Most Shocking Second A Day Video

Part 5 Even More Thoughtful Practice

Finished early?

Look at this print ad. Analyze the text by describing the argument.dog2

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