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Week 6 Lesson 2: Explaining the Text Response SAC - Constructing a body paragraph

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Week 6 Lesson 2: Explaining the Text response SAC - Constructing a body paragraph
Recap of what we've worked towards so far...


1. Unpacked the topic.

2. Brainstormed the ideas/topics (body paragraphs).

3. Formulated a contention (the argument to be threaded throughout the essay).

Next step...

Constructing a strong body paragraph.
Activity 5: Gathering evidence for our body paragraph

1. Working in pairs.

2. Choose one of your potential body paragraphs.

3. Brainstorm with your partner and also utilise any study guides and create a list of ten potential pieces of evidence, i.e. events, quotes, ideas to support the topic/idea of this body paragraph.

3. Your list must include at least three quotes.

4. We have 15 minutes.

Activity 6: Trimming the list of potential evidence.

1. Working in pairs.

2. Discuss with your partner and trim the list of ten pieces of potential evidence down to six. Think carefully about what is relevant and compelling evidence.

3. Your list must include at least two quotes.

4. We have 8 minutes.

Activity 7: Constructing a concise topic sentence

1. Working in pairs.

2. Your topic sentence will be in two parts :

> Firstly, reword the essay question (use those synonyms from earlier)
> Secondly, link the essay question to the topic of the body paragraph

Here’s an example from the practice essay:
Practice essay topic:
This Boy’s Life demonstrates the struggle to find identity in a harsh environment. Discuss.

Sample topic sentence in body paragraph:
“The difficulty of finding a true sense of self in challenging surroundings is demonstrated in Jack’s inability to truly accept who he is.”

3. We have 10 minutes.

Activity 8: One or two sentences to elaborate upon the topic sentence

1. Working in pairs.

2. Expand on the topic sentence, explaining how the argument works. Take the initial idea of the topic sentence further, adding detail in order to contextualise the pieces of evidence to come. Should be 2-3 sentences.

Here’s an example of moving from a topic sentence to elaboration of that topic sentence:

During the course of the memoir, it is clear that Wolff’s absence of conventional parental figures within his life, contributes to the difficulty in which he has trying to find his sense of self and belonging (TOPIC SENTENCE). He never really has a reliable role model that is able to guide him through his transition from childhood to adolescence, usually a time of personal growth and development. Not even his mother is capable of doing so, as her naivety and over optimistic views of the world often land them in trouble (ELABORATION).

3. We have 10 minutes.
Activity 9: Take the trimmed list of evidence and weave it into your body paragraph

1. Working in pairs.
2. Refer to your earlier list of trimmed evidence.
3. Use these sentence starters to help you weave in the evidence:

 (Idea/topic) is demonstrated when (event/scene)
 (Event/Scene) demonstrates (idea/topic)
 (Idea/topic) is evident in (scene/event)
 (Event-scene suggests that (idea/topic)
 (Scene/event/quote illustrates (idea/topic)
 (idea/topic) is demonstrated when (character) states (insert quote)
 (Character) notes that (insert quote), suggesting that (idea/topic)

4. No quote should just appear. It needs to be prefaced.
5. Include at least two quotes.
6. This section should be about 10-12 sentences.
7. We have 20 minutes.

Activity 10: Constructing a linking sentence


1. Working in pairs.

2. Look at your topic sentence from earlier. Reword it using synonyms. Remember, you are linking the essay question to the topic/idea of this body paragraph. This sentence will, like your topic sentence, be in two parts:

> Firstly, reword the essay question (use those synonyms from earlier)
> Secondly, link the essay question to the topic of the body paragraph

3. We have 8 minutes.


LI:
To construct a body ragraph.

SC:
Students will be able to use TEEL, rank and select potential evidence, and weave quotes into their writing to construct a compelling body paragraph.
A sample of a body paragraph ...
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