Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 10

Students discussing their work in class.

This lesson continues to prepare students to write End of Unit 2 assessment. Today, students use their Atticus note-catchers and their understanding of Atticus as a character to weigh the evidence and craft the claim for their argument essay.
• The prompt for the argument essay is set up to guide students toward the same position: It does make sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. An answer to the contrary may show a lack of comprehension of Atticus as a character or of how best to use evidence. The goal of this essay is to teach students the basic skills involved in writing an argument essay. Students will have another opportunity to craft an argument in Module 4, and will be able to choose among several valid claims to support.
• This lesson is a decision point for the students. By the end of the lesson, each student will write the claim in her essay and the underlying reasons. To help students decide which claim to argue, they will text code the Atticus note-catchers and weigh the evidence that they have gathered as they read To Kill a Mockingbird.
• This lesson opens with a short discussion of Chapter 28. Although this isn’t a reading lesson, this entry task will encourage students to continue with the reading homework.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are...

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