Why Boys Become Vicious
Writing PromptWrite a brief paper in which you analyze William Golding's argument in "Why Boys Become Vicious." Account for the author's claims and state the purpose of the text. Then, in a few paragraphs, evaluate the evidence Golding uses to advance his position. To what extent do you agree or disagree with Golding's position on good versus evil?
Student Activities (Approximate Time 1:33)
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Analyzing Text-Dependent Prompts (20 min)
Identify and isolate directive verbs and tasks in a writing prompt.
Quickwrite (8 min)
Write for a brief amount of time about a subject/topic.
Marking a Text (25 min)
Identify and isolate essential ideas in a text.
Identifying Evidence (15 min)
Locate evidence or supporting details in a text that support authors' claims.
Argument Map (25 min)
Engage in rhetorical analysis in order to identify various elements of an argument.
10th Grade English Language Arts Standards
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Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.