Lesson Plan

Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay

Once students have selected a topic related to a piece of literature they have read and mapped out their argument, this lesson will help them turn their prewriting into an essay.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to draft a literary argument essay using their prewriting.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Literary Argument Writing: Supporting Your ClaimMentor Text: The Importance of Community
  • Read the classic picture book, "The Three Little Pigs," to the class. Use a standard version, not one with a fun twist.
  • Explain that a literary argument is a piece of writing that makes a claim about the characters, events, or theme of a piece of literature (short story, novel, or poem) and supports that claim. It allows you and your reader to consider the literature in a new, deeper way. Tell them that today they will be using the prewriting that they have prepared to write the first draft of their literary argument essay.
  • Advise students that a great strategy to writing a quality piece of writing is to use a mentor text. You can analyze it and borrow the skills, words, strategies, and structure the author used. You many want to clarify that you are using the mentor text to borrow strategies, not ideas -- that would be plagiarism.