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"Dumb Kids' Class"

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Sheri Kauffman

on 7 August 2015

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Transcript of "Dumb Kids' Class"

Mark Bowden-A Brief Biography
National correspondent, author, journalist, screenwriter (Black Hawk Down), and teacher

Teaches creative writing and journalism at Loyola College of Maryland

Books have been finalists for the National Book Award and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list


Writing Exercise-Developed Paragraph
Image by Tom Mooring
Choose one essay

How does the author create his persona throughout the essay?
Write to Prompt:
"Dumb Kids' Class"
By: Mark Bowden

Peer-Critique
Does your partner's paragraph satisfy the requirements of a generic paragraph?

Where could the paragraph be improved?
Revise Paragraphs
Annotation Directions:

Circle words you do not know

Left-hand side: write a brief summary of paragraph's main idea in own words

Right-hand side: when relevant write your ideas about author's persona. Underline specific sentences that express author's personality.
Read and Annotate excerpt of his essay entitled "Dumb Kids' Class"
The Paragraph

A generic paragraph:
This sentence should be your topic sentence, describing the main idea of the paragraph. In an essay it supports your thesis. As a stand-alone paragraph it is your thesis.
One or two sentences that introduce your example or quotation.
This sentence should include your example or quotation.
Next, you need at least two sentences, possibly three, interpreting (analyzing) the quotation and relating it to your topic sentence.
Introduce your next example or quotation.
This sentence should include your next example or quotation.
Next, you need at least two sentences, possibly three, interpreting (analyzing) the quotation and relating it to your topic sentence.
After your analysis, you will want at least one sentence to conclude your paragraph and reconnect your examples to your topic sentence and to your thesis.

Write your response in your interactive notebook on the left-side
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No homework!
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