Paper 4 Workshop


 

Paper #4: Workshop

Your Name ___________________________ Author’s Name _________________________

 

Part I: Old to New Information Flow

Select one body paragraph from your partner’s essay. Read the paragraph.

1) Underline the first six or seven words in each sentence.

2) Circle the first major noun in each sentence.

3) Evaluate the author’s use of old and new information:

* In the underlined portion of each sentence, do you find the name of a character that you have not heard of before? (In the first sentence of the paragraph, is it a character that you did not meet in the previous paragraph(s)? In the remaining sentences of the paragraph, is it a character that does not appear earlier in that paragraph?

* In the nouns that you have circled, do you find words or ideas that the previous sentences have not led you to expect? (In the first sentence, do you find a word or idea you did not find in the previous paragraph? In the remaining sentences of the paragraph, do you find words or ideas that you did not find earlier in that paragraph?)

4) If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, work with the author to revise this paragraph.

Step One: List the characters in the story, human and non-human.

Step Two: Select one or a small group of characters that thread through your story.

Step Three: Rearrange each sentences so that it begins with one of the characters you have selected.

Part II: The Parts of Argument

Now read the rest of your partner’s essay. Identify and record (on this sheet) the parts of argument. When you have finished, compare what you’ve found to what your partner sought to convey.

Claim: _______________________________________________________________________

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Is the claim supported? (Is it too broad? Is there enough evidence to support the claim?)

If not, how would you change it?

 

Is it precise? (Is the language clear and specific? Does the reader get a good idea of where the argument is going to go?)

If not, how would you change it?

 

 

Reasons and Evidence

Paragraph 1

Reason #1:

 

Evidence for Reason #1:

 

 

 

Paragraph 2

Reason #2:

 

Evidence for Reason #2:

 

 

 

Paragraph 3

Reason #3:

 

Evidence for Reason #3:

 

 

 

Part III: Evaluating the Argument

1) Does the argument meet the reader’s expectations?

 

2) Tell us something the author did well in her argument:

 

 

3) Tell us something the author needs to work on in her argument: