Presentation on theme: "A Quilt of a Country by Anna Quinlen"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Quilt of a Country by Anna Quinlen A Close Reading
2 General Understandings Overall viewSequence of informationStory arcMain claim and evidenceGist of passage
3 General Understandings in 9th Grade What is the main idea of the essay? What is her major idea?Meghan: Great addition of an upper grade example.Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
4 Key Details Search for nuances in meaning Determine importance of ideasFind supporting details that support main ideasAnswers who, what, when, where, why, how much, or how many.
5 Key Details in 9th GradeWhere are there examples of freedom and oppression? What other juxtapositions does our author use?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
6 Vocabulary and Text Structure Bridges literal and inferential meaningsDenotationConnotationShades of meaningFigurative languageHow organization contributes to meaning
7 Vocabulary and Text Structure in 9th Grade What role does the word conundrum play in this essay? What is the structure of the essay? How does she build her argument?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
8 Author’s Purpose Genre: Entertain? Explain? Inform? Persuade? Point of view: First-person, third-person limited, omniscient, unreliable narratorCritical Literacy: Whose story is not represented?
9 Author’s Purpose in 9th Grade Look at the date of this essay, and then let’s talk about why she might have written it. Whose side of the story is not being told?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
10 InferencesProbe each argument in persuasive text, each idea in informational text, each key detail in literary text, and observe how these build to a whole.
11 Inferences in 9th GradeWhat does the author believe about the benefits and limitations of tolerance?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
12 Opinions, Arguments, and Intertextual Connections Author’s opinion and reasoning (K-5)ClaimsEvidenceCounterclaimsEthos, Pathos, LogosRhetoricLinks to other texts throughout the grades
13 Arguments in 9th GradeTo quote, she says, “These are the representatives of a mongrel nation that somehow, at times like this, has one spirit.” What does that mean and what evidence does she provide for this statement?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)
14 Intertextual Connections in 9th Grade In what ways does this essay differ from “The Melting Pot,” written by the same author 10 years earlier?Anna Quindlen’s “A Quilt of a Country” (2001)