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1 Collaborative Argumentative Essay

2 Directions You will write a Collaborative Argumentative Essay on Google Docs with a group of three people. Each group member will work together on the document. You will all be responsible for the final document; however, each of you will be individually responsible for his/her part.

3 Collaborative Portion
Decide which prompt your group will use. Develop and write a thesis for your prompt. Develop and write an introduction. Develop and write a conclusion. Assist each other with the writing of individual body paragraphs.

4 Introduction (Collaborative)
Hook – A question, quote or statement to catch your reader’s attention. Bridge – Connect the Hook with the Thesis. Be sure to include the Title and author of the literary work (if applicable). Provided background about the novel or information that will explain the situation. Thesis Statement – Known as a “claim” for an argumentative essay. Be sure to include the supporting reasons for your claim in your thesis.

5 Body Paragraphs (3) – One Per Group Member (Individual)
Divide the body paragraphs by group members according to the supporting reasons in your thesis. TS – Introduce the topic of your paragraph. CD - Use details from the text to support your point. DQ - Use at least one quote as support for your point and introduce each quote properly. CM - Explain how each quote helps to prove your point (2 sentences for each quote) (CM). CS - End the paragraph by summarizing your thoughts and/or showing how the literature connects to the real world.

6 Conclusion (Collaborative)
Restate your thesis Summarize your main points Final thought you want to leave with your reader (heart statement)

7 Essay Formatting Use proper MLA in-text citation and format:
Avoid using I, we, or you. Use present tense. Use active voice. Double-spaced. Times New Roman/Arial, 12 point font, including the title. Heading - upper left – First and last name, teacher’s name, date, period Header – upper right – Last name and page number Revise and edit before submitting to teacher.

8 Collaboration and Using Google Drive
Log Into your Google Drive account using the following information: Login example:  PW – ID # With your group, create a document in which you will compose your essay. Share the document with each other.

9 Essay Prompts: Choose one of the following essay topics, to be written collaboratively with your group. Essay Prompt #1: Would Snowball have made a virtuous leader of Animal Farm? Snowball proves to be an intelligent orator who seems genuinely concerned about improving the lives of the animals, but he also took the milk and the apples, which the other animals do not get. While he shares Old Major’s idealism, his quest is not match for Napoleon’s cunning. For this essay, collect quotations from the novel to support your assessment of Snowball as a leader.

10 Essay Prompt #2: Throughout the novel, the issue of class is an important theme, both in terms of what it means to the animals before the rebellion and even more significantly, what happens after. There is never a moment the class distinctions in Animal Farm disappear. From the very beginning, all of the animals are ruled by the “human class” and then by Snowball. It seems that class stratification is an almost vital element on the farm. For this essay, use the quote, “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others,” and trace the decline of equality in classes as Napoleon gains more power. Collect quotations from the novel to support your claim that Animal Farm is a class-based society.

11 Thesis Development and Body Paragraph Assignment

12 Logistics and Grading You will be provided with four computer lab dates: March 5th, 11th, 12th & 18th. You will need to work on your essay individually on Google Drive, outside of the lab/class time provided. Essay Due Date is Thursday, March 19th. The pre-writes and rough draft and are worth 50 points. The final draft is worth 100 points. See the attached rubric for grading purposes.

13 Body Paragraph Shaping Sheet (Individual)
TS_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CD____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DQ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ CM _________________________________________________________________________________ CS ________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________


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