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Summer Reading Summative Essay. CCGPS Standards. ELACCGPS Focus Standards: ELACC11-12RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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Summer ReadingSummative Essay

CCGPS Standards

  • ELACCGPS Focus Standards:

  • ELACC11-12RL1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • ELACC11-12RI5: Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.

  • ELACC11-12W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Learning Target:

  • Learning Target: the student will demonstrate comprehension of their summer reading assignment by writing an essay on their chosen novel.


  • 1. Article of the day

  • 2. Review of essay structure/ power point

  • 3. Thumbs up/thumbs down

  • 4. Return summer reading. Bring your SCASI, your articles (seniors only), a pen or pencil (you need to like what you are writing with) and be ready to write. Paper will be provided.

  • 5. Seniors may NOT write on Song of Solomon. You read it last year, in class

It is important to remember:


  • Answer the darn question! Be sure youve read it carefully and understand what you are being asked to do.

  • You may want to use the five paragraph format for your essay:

  • Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • Paragraph 2: First Argument/main point

  • Paragraph 3: Second Argument/main point

  • Paragraph 4: Third Argument/main point

  • Paragraph 5: Conclusion

Another visual:

Five-Paragraphs are just a template:

  • Do not use first person in formal writing

  • Avoid using:

  • Etc

  • Abbreviations (LOL, SOS, u, luv, b/c)

  • Remember to write in paragraph form

Include the author and title of the book in the opening paragraph

  • In the New York Times bestseller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, Harriet Vanger, scion of one of Swedens wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago.

Be certain you have a specific thesis statement that answers the question youve chosen


  • The introduction functions as a tool to bring the subject before the reader in an interesting manner. Regardless of the subject, it is your task to present the material in such a way that the reader is stimulated to read more. A well-written introduction "puts the readers in the right frame of mind for the rest of the essay. It establishes a context for the ideas you wish to present. With a proper context your audience will be more likely to understand your intended message" (Goldman, Hirsch 141).

Begin with a hook

  • Quotation

  • Startling statement

  • Example

  • Summary

  • Question

  • The childrens book Olivia and the missing toy, by Ian Falconer, is about a feisty young pig whose active imagination makes the seemingly mundane loss of a favorite toy an imaginative story. Falconer uses indirect characterization to exemplify the high-spirited Olivia.

  • Maurice Sendaks childrens book Where The Wild Things Are is about a young boy who uses his active imagination to make his punishment more bearable. Sendak uses indirect characterization to exemplify the mischievous but relatable Max.

Another sample thesis:

  • The book Olivia and the missing toy, by Ian Falconer, utilizes a variety of stylistic devices to exemplify the spicy child Olivia.

  • The book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendek uses a variety of stylistic devices to exemplify the mischievous nature of the protagonist Max.

Poor thesis:

  • Olivia is a pig who lived in a house with her mom and dad.

  • Another poor thesis

  • Where the Wild Things are is a book about a boy named Max.

Another poor thesis:

  • The use of style in the book clearly sets the tone.

Use specific examples to support your thesis. These are the details:

  • The character of Olivia wears a lot of red.

  • Olivia wants her mother to make her a red soccer shirt because her uniform comes in a really unattractive green.

  • Olivia looks for her toy.

  • The story takes place in a house.

  • Olivias imagination is exemplified by the setting, which changes from a camel in Egypt to a dark and stormy night all while staying in the confines of her own house.

  • Max is a boy with an active imagination.

  • Max is sent to his room without supper.

  • Maxs active imagination exemplifies his mischievous character.


  • Writing a Conclusion

  • An effective concluding paragraph should provide closure for a paper, leaving the reader feeling satisfied that the thesis has been fully explained. Probably the shortest paragraph of an essay, the conclusion should be brief and to the point. The conclusion should provide a restatement of the thesis, a summary of the author's conclusions, and perhaps a solution to the problem, if this is the writer's intent.

Try to relax and enjoy the writing process


  • Briefly organize an essay on the following topic:

  • DHS students should (or should not) be allowed to go off campus during lunch.

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