READING COMPREHENSION AND ESSAY WRITING
Writing and thinking are closely connected. Writing, like reading, needs to be taught through explicit, sequential, multi-sensory instruction, starting with the foundational skills of how to write an expanded sentence. Once students master the basic sentence and single and multi-paragraph writing skills, they should move on to formal essay writing. When students are asked to write about what they are learning, their comprehension and retention of content increases. Writing is the final pathway of awareness and language. Using research-based strategies, our students can develop into proficient writers where by they will learn, through modeling and practice, to critically analyze, reason, and write meaningful arguments using evidence from texts they have read.
ESSAY QUESTION FOR: Stoked – 1969
Making connections in literature, as well as in life, is an important strategy for reading comprehension. In the novel, Stoked – 1969, Jake Edwards is faced with a choice that makes a big difference in his life. In an essay, describe Jake’s choice and its impact on his life. In addition, think of a time when you were faced with a choice that made a big difference in your life. Explain how that choice affected your life. Be sure to include background information on the choice you made, and a description of how and why you made your choice.
In this essay, you must:
- Describe a choice that Jake Edwards made in the novel and how that choice impacted his life.
- Describe a choice you’ve made in your life and how that choice affected your life. Explain what the choice was, how and why you made that choice, and how that choice impacted your life.
- Use 2 to 3 examples or details to support your answers.
Remember to proofread your written work. Check your writing for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
FORMAT FOR A FOUR-PARAGRAPH ESSAY
CREATE AN INTRIGUING, ORIGINAL TITLE.
INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH: The introduction is a key paragraph. First impressions matter. A carefully crafted first paragraph acts as a road map, establishing the order and direction for your essay. Hook the reader with a catchy, well-crafted topic sentence. Include in this paragraph the author, title, setting (both time and place), and the genre of the text you will be discussing. Within the introductory paragraph, clearly and concisely state the position you will defend in your essay. Steal from the question to inform the reader what your essay will discuss, describe, and explain.
PARAGRAPH 1 OF THE BODY OF THE ESSAY: Discuss the choice Jake Edwards makes in the novel and how that choice impacts his life. Give 2 to 3 supporting details from the text. Citing excerpts from the text, using MLA style, strengthens your position.
PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE BODY OF THE ESSAY: Describe a choice you’ve made in your life and how that choice affected your life. Explain what the choice was, how and why you made your choice, and how that choice impacted your life. Use 2 to 3 examples or details to support your answer. Citing excerpts from the text, using MLA style, strengthens your position.
CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH: Restate what you want the reader to remember. You can do this by restating or paraphrasing your thesis statement.