About This Chapter
Standard: Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5)
About This Chapter
Understanding effective structure for informational text can aid students in both their reading comprehension and writing abilities. When the skills have been mastered, they will be adept at understanding readings in history and social studies, in addition to other content areas. The following topics are included in this collection of lessons:
- Argument structure in essays
- Crafting persuasive essays
- Organizing essays and building outlines
- Sentence and paragraph structure
- Strong introductions and conclusions
- Part to whole text analysis
You can be sure that students have attained this standard when they can successfully build arguments, outlines, introductions, bodies and conclusions for persuasive essays. Meeting this standard through related lessons can help students in college courses and in careers requiring effective reading comprehension and writing skills.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Looking for ways to reinforce your curriculum and our videos? Check out the following ideas to clarify this Common Core standard in your classroom.
All Together, Now!
Students will brainstorm essay ideas and arguments. After voting on their favorite, the teacher will lead students through the process of building an outline and organizing the essay.
Challenge students to find sources for the essay topic chosen above. Ask students to share their findings. In a whole group setting, teacher models the use of select sources to support the essay outline.
After sharing sources and diving into the findings, teacher guides the students in fashioning a strong introduction and conclusion for the class essay. The class is then divided into groups to draft the individual sections of the essay, after being reminded of the tips and tricks for sentence and paragraph structure from the video lesson.
1. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
2. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources
In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.
3. Essay Organization and Outline Building
Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.
4. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice
Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.
5. Analyzing Parts of a Text to Understand the Whole
In this lesson, you will get a taste for using the parts of a text to better understand the whole. Find out how structure, style, language, symbolism, setting, and mood can help you get better at this.
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Other chapters within the Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 11-12: Literacy Standards course
- Using Evidence to Support Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1
- Central Ideas in Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2
- Evaluating Explanations in Writing: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3
- Determining the Meaning of Words: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4
- Evaluating View Points: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6
- Using Multiple Sources of Information: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7
- Evaluating Sources: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.8
- Integrating Information from Different Sources: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9
- Reading Comprehension: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.10
- Informational Texts Examples for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH11-12.10