1. Warm-up: Grade my introduction! Google share with the other people in your membership grid group; use the rubric below to assess others' introductions and give feedback:
Introductory Paragraph: _____ / 10 points
Engaging opening sentence
- Does it grab your attention?
- If it's a quotation, is it famous, said by a famous person, or from one of the texts?
- If it's a question, does it sound sophisticated (and avoid "you" or "I")?
- If it's a statement or story, is it powerful?
Mentions titles and characters from both works
- The introduction should do this before you even get to the thesis statement.
Develops two traits of the hero’s journey
- Does it define the two traits?
- Does it explain why the two traits are important?
- Does it briefly explain how your two heroes embody these traits?
Transitions from opening sentence to thesis
- Does it ease you smoothly into the thesis statement?
- Is the thesis statement the last sentence of the introduction?
3. Dissecting the anatomy of a body paragraph using yesterday's sample rough draft.
4. Time to compose body paragraphs.
HW: Finish revising your introduction and composing your entire first body paragraph; bring either an electronic version or a hard copy to class tomorrow.