Juniors: Laying the Foundations for the Research Paper

This week, students will practice the skills that will be required of them on the research paper. For the research paper, students will write an argument about a short story (much like The Crucible Theme Paper!) and support their argument with literary criticism. We will read the short story options for homework, while putting articles of the week and readers workshop on hold for the week. We will continue to practice interpreting literary criticism by reading a second piece of criticism about The Crucible and taking a small assessment on reading these difficult non-fiction texts. We will also engage in a revision period during which students will use my feedback on their most recent essay to make revisions. These revisions are important because they will focus on the writing skills that will be assessed on the research paper.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Read the stories with your children. Digital copies of the stories are on the daily agenda. Students will choose one of the three stories, so you can help them to determine which story they like best and what questions they have about the story.