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End of the First Trimester Writing Prompt INTRODUCTION This trimester, we read material and did activities that

related to the topic of truth. Now, through an essay, you will inform an audience of your teachers, peers, and the school community about what you learned about truth. You will use the following to demonstrate your knowledge through the following: your original words about what you learned well-chosen evidence from the youve read in this class MLA format Relevant images, diagrams, or charts/graphs that relate to your ideas PROMPT What is truth? Can the truth ever be fully known? In a five-paragraph essay, you will provide a full discussion that answers these questions. In the body of the essay, you will write two paragraphs that explore how the topic of truth was revealed through two separate pieces you read. You will write one paragraph that reveals your own thoughts about truth based on your own observations and experience. OBJECTIVES SLE: Active Christian in Ones Catholic Faith: o Apply characteristic of trustworthiness SLE: College and Career Ready in the 21st Century: o Construct viable arguments by using logical reasoning and citing precise, relevant evidence o Demonstrate command of written and spoken standard English and acquire and use a wide-ranging daily and academic vocabulary CCSS: Writing o ELA-Literacy.W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. CCSS: Language o

WRITING PIECES TO CONSIDER (Choose 2 ONLYONE PER PARAGRAPH): 1. Government shutdown from September 28, 2013. You may use one or more of these sources in ONE paragraph Senate Action on Health Law Moves to Brink of Shutdown from NY Times Video explanation from NY Times The Government Shutdown from Time for Kids 2. 3. 4. 5. Excerpt from League of Denial Edgar Allen Poes The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allen Poes The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allen Poes Annabel Lee

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS AND EXPERIENCES TO CONSIDER (one paragraph only) Consider only VERY SPECIFIC and INTERESTING observations and/or experiences, such as what you learned through the website verification activity, what you learned or experienced in one of your other classes, or a personal experience in your own life. I would limit yourself to ONE or TWO specific observations/experiences, and try to keep them recent. If theyre not recent, make sure theyre really, really relevant and interesting.

FULL EXPLANATION OF THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS AS RELATED TO THIS ASSIGNMENT


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. o This is THE MOST COMMON type of writing you will do in your academic career.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2b Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples. Use TLQ Use MLA format

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2c Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts. Use TLQ Use transition words (See poster in class or this list of transition words.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2d Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. Use the language of literature (See posters in class or this list of literary terms.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2e Establish and maintain a formal style. Use MLA format Avoid slang Spell out contractions

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2f Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented. We will do the concluding paragraph together on Friday.