Cause & Effect – Text Feature

We will work together to wrap our heads around why things happen with an assignment that gets progressively higher in reading ability demands.

First, you must fill in blanks to logically predict what a cause or effect is for a given situation.

Second, using a passage of about 300 words, you must again fill in the blanks to identify correct causes or effects that drove the selection.

Finally, with an excerpt from a classic novel, The Call of the Wild, you must fill in blanks to identify correct causes or effects that drove the selection.

DUE 9/21

Writing Completely Correct Answers & Reading Thank You M’am by Langston Hughes

We will start class with some notes on How to Write Completely Correct Answers to Follow-Up Questions. In order to get full credit for your answers to Follow-Up questions aft er reading any major piece of literature, each answer MUST satisfy the following requirements: (1) REWORD the question in your answer, (2) ANSWER the question, (3) provide DETAILS from the text to logically support whatever your answer is. Answers written properly can be described as having been written in RAD format. Your answers must be in RAD format.

After going over this requirement in detail and providing examples for how this is done, we will proceed into our first full length reading selection, Thank You M’am by Langston Hughes. You can access this short story at

We will read the story together. Here is what you’ll be responsible for in our study of this story.

  • Before we read – Warm Up – What is “the best of you”? Who gets the best of you?
  • During Reading – While reading, write one to four word, very brief answers to the Active Reading Questions (A-F).
  • After Reading – Answer each of the Follow-Up Questions (#1,2,3,4,6,7,8,&9) in RAD format.

We will work together on this for 4 days. In the process I will share with you my own written answers to questions 1,2,3, & 4. You will complete 1-4 & 6-9 in the best possible form as you can possibly offer. I expect your best effort.

DUE – 9/9

Approach Paper Notes & 1st Approach Paper

An Approach Paper is a report on a long piece of writing that you’ve read such as a novel or nonfiction book of considerable length (150 or more pages). It is an OPINION PAPER. This is THE BOOK REPORT in my class. I am requiring that ALL students read FICTION books for their first Approach Papers.

  • First, you will take notes on how to write an Approach Paper on a work of fiction. I will entertain questions and concerns.
    • Graded Notes 9/2
  • Second, we will look at a sample Approach Paper written on To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • Finally, using the very short story, The Dinner Party, you will write your first Approach Paper.
    • Graded Approach Paper 9/3-9/4

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