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This unit was designed to be the second unit of the school year which means that the students will have had ample practice on writing body paragraphs but will need a lot of work on organizing ideas, building writing stamina, and formatting a complete paper. This unit places a heavy emphasis on finding and using textual evidence to support wider claims. It is the first step in the process and will serve as a foundation for the rest of the year.

Students will learn these skills while coming to an understanding about group dynamics and the place of the individual within a larger community through the context of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Many of the ideas on how to teach the writing process as it pertains to the standard analytical essay comes from Michael Degen’s Crafting Expository Argument: Practical Approaches to the Writing Process for Students and Teachers.

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