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Basics for Response to Literature- Chunking

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Monica Hobbs

on 10 November 2014

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Transcript of Basics for Response to Literature- Chunking

Basics for Response to Literature

Topic Sentence
Topic Sentence
is the top bun of a burger.
= the first sentence of each paragraph
Presents the main idea.
Something you have to prove.
Usually a mildly controversial statement.
Introduces what the paragraph will discuss (preview).

Concrete Detail
Concrete Details

are the meat of the burger.
= Support for your TS (facts, quotes, examples, etc. from the text).
are based on logic- a CD is evidence that supports your point

Commentary Sentences

are the "extras" on the burger- the mayo, tomato, lettuce, onion- they make it yours!
= analysis, interpretation, explanation, or insight into the text
for every 1 = "chunk"
Transitional phrase
CD#1- For example
CD#2- In addition
CD# 3- The author states
CD# 4- According to the text
provides background or introduces the quote
direct quote from the text (we can paraphrase but a direct quote is preferred)
MLA parenthetical citation
(Author's last name #)
No pg. # = (Author's last name)
No author = (Title of the work)
CD For example...
CD According to the text...
CD The author states....
CM This shows that...
CM This is because...
CM This is important because...

Concluding Sentence
A concluding sentence
is the bottom bun of the burger
wraps up the paragraph. It REPHRASES the main idea.
In the fairy tale “The Three Little Pigs,” the third pig is very wise.

For example, remembering his mother’s warning about a wolf, he builds his house out of sturdy brick.

In conclusion, the third
pig outsmarts not only his
brothers but the “big, bad”
wolf as well.

Outline of a Chunk Paragraph
Sentence #1: Topic Sentence (TS)
Sentence #2: Concrete Detail (CD)
Sentence #3: Commentary (CM)
Sentence #4: Commentary (CM)
Sentence #5: Closing Sentence (CS)

TS = first sentence of the paragraph.
It shows the main idea.

A Topic Sentence (TS) is the top bun of a hamburger.

Step 1: Topic SENTENCE

Which hamburger is appealing? Why?
Essential Question: What shall I consider doing
to ensure I have a good constructive response answer?
LA.8.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4 - [Grade Level Standard] - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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