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Of Mice and Men Argumentative Paper (30)

Common Core Standards: CC9-10W1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. CC9-10W1a: Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. CC9-10W1b : Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audiences knowledge level and concerns. CC9-10W1c: Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims. CC9-10W1d Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. CC9-10W1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. CC9-10RL1Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. CC9-10RL3Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme I can effectively write and organize an argumentative essay. I can write a thesis. I can organize an argumentative essay effectively. I can establish the significance of a claim. I can supply relevant evidence. I can choose effective sentence structures and transitions that create cohesion and clarity. I can write in an effective formal and objective tone. I can write a conclusion that logically supports and follows my argument. I can analyze the authors choices in developing his/her characters and how this impacts the story and themes. I can read and comprehend literature written at the 10th grade reading level Directions: Choose one of the options listed below and write an argumentative paper that develops and supports your claim. Both essays must include: At least 5 paragraphs 3 pieces of textual evidence (citations from the book) A well developed thesis statement, or claim 1. In an argumentative essay, defend whether or not you think the relationship between George and Lennie was a mutually beneficial, win-win relationship. Support your position with specific and relevant details and examples. (You may use what you know about symbiotic relationships to help substantiate your claim.)

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2. Take one of the claims listed below, and using Of Mice and Men, provide a valid argument for it. Be sure that your paper is about the book; remember that you are being tested on how well you can use this book to support your claim. We have discussed these ideas in class; now it is your chance to defend one of the statements: Having friends fulfills our basic human needs. People who are strong know their strength and how much they can hurt other people if they want to. The purpose of life is to strive for, and eventually reach, our goals and dreams. Running away from a crime is never acceptable. Killing another human being is intolerable and should be punished. Excellent (6/5)
Thesis Statement/ Claim Citations My essay supports my thesis statement well. I use at least 3 quotations to support my thesis. My quotations flow nicely with my argument. My essay is well organized and has at least 5 paragraphs. I have very few spelling and/or grammar mistakes but communication is not hindered.

Competent (4/3)
My essay somewhat supports my thesis statement. I use 2 quotations to support my thesis. My quotations somewhat flow with my argument. My essay is somewhat organized and has 3-4 paragraphs. I have some spelling and/or grammar mistakes and communication is not overly hindered.

Emerging (2/1/0)
My essay does not support my thesis statement. I use 1 or less quotation to support my thesis. My quotation does not flow well with my argument. My essay is not organized well and/or has less than 2 paragraphs. My spelling and/or grammar mistakes hinder communication.

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Mechanics: Uses accurate spelling and grammar

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