To address students’ concerns about writing their Inquiry Essay; to provide them with some concrete criteria and a model essay; and to discuss evaluating their sources.
Connection to Course Goals:
Although there are several small activities and objectives planned for today’s lesson, the overall goal is to help students understand the varied purposes and functions of different types of writing (in this case, for writing the Inquiry Essay). By constructing criteria and examining a sample essay, students should see how this type of writing achieves a different purpose than those they’ve previously written for this class.
Do a Short Peer Workshop on Rough Draft (15 Minutes)
Have your groups get together. In the groups, trade papers and have one person read and give feedback on at least one paper. On an overhead, put your instructions for this short workshop. Ask students to write a question or two they want their workshop partner to answer. Then write not more than three questions for workshop partners to answer, focusing on a) a narrowed issue, b) effective appeals and evidence for their audience, c) an organization or plan for their essay. If the writers have time, let them take 3 minutes to make a revision plan: the most important things they need to work on over the weekend when they revise their draft.
Discuss the Importance of Transitions and Hooks (15 minutes)
Since the Inquiry Essay guides readers through the writer’s process of thinking and research, it is essential that students learn how to write clear transitions. Transitions and hooks will help a student’s paper read more coherently. Use pages 342 – 343 in the PHG to develop a lesson on transitions and hooks. Once teaching these concepts, you might ask students to identify the transitions and hooks used in the sample essay.
You may find that this is an opportune time to discuss essay organization. Ask students to generate ideas on how to logically organize their inquiry essay. Then, if there’s time, you might ask students to draft out an outline for their own paper.
Transition: Develop a transition here.
Discuss Using MLA Format and Avoiding Plagiarism (10 minutes)
Remind students that they will need to include an MLA Works Cited page with their papers. Use pages 655- 665 in the PHG as a guide for developing a lesson on documenting sources. Carefully explain how to cite sources in-text, but simply refer students to the additional pages for guidelines on citing sources at the end of their essay.
Use this time to also discuss the importance of avoiding plagiarism. Refer to pgs. 643 – 644 in the PHG as a guide for this lesson.
Give the Homework Assignment Below and Then Explain about the Following Workshop Arrangement
Make Arrangements for Workshop (5 minutes)
Students should plan to workshop their Inquiry Essay with one other peer before they revise and submit it. You may construct your own guidelines for this activity, but here are a few suggestions:
Have students exchange phone numbers and emails with one other person from their group that they’d like to workshop with.
Discuss the appropriate timeline. For example, you might require students to post a rough draft of their Inquiry Essay to the Writing Studio by 12:00 on Sunday afternoon (or to send their essay via email; or, to meet in person with their classmate). Then, you might require students to read and respond to the essays by 10:00 on Monday morning. The final draft is then due on Tuesday.
Decide how you will distribute the workshop guidelines (available in the appendix) to students. You could pass them out in class or make them available on The Writing Studio.
Review Portfolio II Materials (5 minutes)
Explain that you will collect both the Inquiry Journal and Inquiry Essay on Tuesday. Also, let students know if there are any other portfolio contents you’d like to collect.
Complete any additional research you need for your Inquiry Essay.
Write a draft of your Inquiry Essay and complete the workshop with one of your other group members.
Revise your Inquiry Essay and prepare to submit all Portfolio II contents.