Resolution 4468

Sweetwater Union High School District Resolution With Signatures

By Mrs. Ratchford
December 16, 2016
9th Grade English

Writing Prompt

Write an informative/explanatory response in which you analyze the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustee's argument in Resolution. 4468. Account for the author's claims and state the purpose of the text. Then, in a few paragraphs, analyze the evidence (and/or rhetorical devices) the Board of Trustees uses to advance their position.

Student Activities (Approximate Time 8:40)

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Critical Concepts (40 min)

Record concepts that are essential to the message of a text.

Evaluating Sources (25 min)

Use this handout to evaluate the credibility of print and online sources.

Analyzing an Author (25 min)

Analyze the author and the context in which he/she writes.

Scan for Vocabulary (20 min)

Identify unknown words in a text and create a personal glossary.

Making Inferences (15 min)

Draw conclusions about ideas in a text that are not directly stated.

Summarizing Main Ideas (20 min)

Identify the main ideas in a paragraph(s) and synthesize them into a few concise sentences.

Analyzing Diction and Tone (15 min)

Examine the words an author uses in a text to identify his/her tone.

Analyzing Rhetorical Devices (20 min)

Analyze rhetorical devices in a written or spoken text.

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices (15 min)

Evaluate the rhetorical decisions (devices) a speaker/writer makes in a text.

Analyzing Text Structure (30 min)

Analyze how sentences and paragraphs are structured to communicate an idea.

Cause and Effect Organizer (20 min)

Keep track of cause and effect relationships in a text.

Argument Map (25 min)

Engage in rhetorical analysis in order to identify various elements of an argument.

Analyzing Argument Worksheet (25 min)

Engage in rhetorical analysis in order to identify various elements of an argument.

Socratic Seminar (60 min)

Engage in a structured academic discussion that focuses on a text that has been read.

Understanding Vocabulary in Context (20 min)

Use context clues to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words in a text.

Expanding Summary (25 min)

Write about the main ideas in a text, adding more information with each new summary.

Rhetorical Precis (30 min)

Write a concise summary of an author's argument.

Writing about Rhetorical Devices (25 min)

Effectively write about rhetorical and literary devices with our IDEA Method.

Informative Essay Writing Plan (35 min)

Write informative and explanatory essays with our flexible writing plan.

One Minute Speech (30 min)

Practice delivering formal presentations in one minute or less.
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9th Grade English Language Arts Standards

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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
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.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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.
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