Planning Friday March 24
Rough draft Monday April 3
FINAL DRAFT FRIDAY APRIL 7via Turnitin.com
MAJOR PROJECT: 300 points
A 6 paragraph essay that thoroughly defines a word, concept or term.
“What does it mean to be……?”
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
-Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
STEPS FOR WRITING
1. Choose an Identity
Choose one of the identities. It does not have to be an identity that you share.
· African Americans
· American Muslim
· Asian Americans
· Latino/Latina Americans
· Native Americans
· People with Disabilities
· Rural Americans
2. Purposefully Annotate
Annotations should include all of the areas of Vocabulary, Comprehension, Connection and Reaction, including evaluating claims, identifying evidence, using heading clues, summarizing and analyzing
3. Define in Context
Think of the information from your annotations as Legos.
You have taken them all apart so that they’re individual, and now you need to get them into one area so you can figure out what you’re going to make.
Collect all your annotations into a Circle Map. The center of your map should be the identity you chose. Be sure to include some indication as to which source the information is from, and put the sources themselves in the Map Frame.
4a. Categorize to Define
Remember, you are answering the question “What does it mean to be_______”?
Using concepts to group all of your information into three categories. Information from the three articles should be mixed.
You are synthesizing (putting together) all of those individual pieces of information into patterns that make sense – like you’re building something with Legos.
You are NOT simply making one category per article.
4b. Categorize to Clarify
Part of defining is saying what something is not.
This can be done with an opposite (“hot” is not “cold”) but for an academic paper, you should instead clarify the shades of meaning (“Cool” is not “cold” because it’s not at a temp where freezing occurs.)
Choose two concepts that people may think apply to the Identity you have chosen to write about. Use your textual evidence to clarify either why those concepts are wrong, or why they’re just not precise.
(For instance, do all women want to be mothers? That’s a commonly held idea, but does being a woman really mean that you are or want to be someone’s mother?)
Add one or both of those concepts in separate categories to your tree map.
Add your evidence as well.
Use your Tree Map (as well as your notes about Writing Plans from your Writer’s Notebook) to create a highly detailed writing plan.
While I would rather see your own creation, you may use this template if you are not sure how to structure your Flow Map.
Remember, you should basically be able to speak your entire essay just using the writing plan.
kindness guilt understanding hope
open-minded empathy honesty justice
hatred family tolerance freedom
acceptance disappointment innocence judgment
strength equality compassion ignorance
integrity courage bravery education
Definition Essay Rubric
A student who wishes his or her paper to merit an "A" will: