Goals: To be able to read an essay critically and identify its thesis and main arguments
Opener: No opener sheet. Write the paragraph numbers for the essay in far left column of the descriptive outline (you will have more boxes than numbers). Put your name, date, period, and the title of the text on the outline. Read the first paragraph, and write a VERY short (1 sentence) summary in the first left-hand box of the outline. Make sure you write small enough to change things and add information to your box. When you are finished, think about what you know about writing essays. What do you think the rhetorical purpose of this paragraph is? In other words, what do you know needs to go in an essay, and which part is this?
Handouts in Class: "You Still Need Your Brain" (essay, link to article here); descriptive outline handout
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Work Assigned and Collected: We started on the descriptive outline.