For Teachers: The Journey of Hannah Woods

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: THE JOURNEY OF HANNAH WOODS

Having a role model can inspire you to accomplish your dreams. Think about the qualities a person might have that make him or her a good role model for teenagers. In the YA novel, The Journey of Hannah Woods, Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis become role models for Hannah. In an essay, discuss the qualities that the author creates in Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis that make them good role models. Use examples from the text to support your answer. In addition, choose a person in your life who you believe is a good role model for you. Describe the qualities that make this person a good role model. Explain why these qualities are important to you.

In this essay you must:

  • Discuss the qualities that the author creates in Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis that make them good role models.
  • Describe the qualities of a person in your life who you believe is a good role model for you. Explain why these qualities are important. Does your role model have similar qualities to the qualities of Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis?
  • Use details to support your answer.

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 qualities that the author creates in Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis that make them good role models. 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 the qualities of a person in your life who you believe is a good role model for you. Explain why these qualities are important. Does your role model have similar qualities to the qualities of Grandma Pearl and Grandpa Hollis. 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.

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