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Common Core English Regents Argument Essay Graphic Organizer




Ms. Di Re

English 11R



Parents, the best way to contact me is via email or by calling the English office and leaving a message with your name, number and the best times during the school day to call you.




Note cards template 


       Monday: Vocabulary unit 7 due Monday 3/12/18


       Tuesday: see above  AND 

                      Note Cards also due Monday: 25 notecards and at least 3 bibliography cards.

                      We will be using the school computers to work on this project assignment in class starting today and ending Friday.  If class time is used correctly, this assignment can be completed by Friday.

                       Early submission of this project assignment will receive 10 extra points.

                       This assignment must be emailed to me using my school email, listed above.  IF I CANNOT OPEN THE DOCUMENT, I CANNOT GRADE IT.  BE SURE TO SEND THIS ASSIGNMENT AS A MICROSOFT WORD ATTACHMENT. Thank you.


Wednesday: see above



 On The Rainy River Argument Essay          Graphic Organizer for On the Rainy River  This essay will be typed in class using the library lap tops (not the iPads).  If you do not finish it by Thursday, November 2, you must complete it for HW and upload the essay to before 11:59 PM on Friday, November 3.  No late papers will be accepted.  This will be graded for MP 1.




9/27: Study Guide Questions: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien




10/28: Notes for the argument essay (Part 2 of the Regents exam): Regents Part 2: Graphic Organizer and Paragraph breakdown

10/19:  For help outlining the 2-3 paragraph text-based response:  Regents Part 3: Graphic Organizer and Frame 




Research Paper: Additional sources for some topics: 

Benefits of science/technology: 

Unequal pay:



 Grade Expectations Sheet


Part 2 of the Common Core English Regents

Steps for Reading the Texts:

Step 1:         Look at the titles of the four texts that have been given to you to read.

Step 2:         Identify the common topic in all four texts: ___________________

Step 3:         Close read and annotate all four texts for pros and cons of the argument on the common topic. Use one color pen/highlighter to identify the pros and another color to identify the cons. Or, you can use a straight line to identify the pros and a squiggly line to identify the cons.

Step 4:         Complete the T-Chart outlining pros and cons of the topic.

Topic:         ________________________________________________________


































Step 5: Establish a claim. In other words, decide which side of the argument you have chosen to defend. Write your established claim in the space below.


Steps for Writing about the Texts:

A.   Introductory Paragraph:

Step 1:         Develop a hook. In other words begin with a sentence that engages the reader in the topic.

Step 2:         Identify the argument.

                   For example: There is an argument as to whether or not ______________

Step 3:         Establish your specific claim/argument on the topic. (Don't using phrasing such as "In my opinion,")


B.    First Supporting Paragraph: Evidence supporting your claim.

Step 1:         Write a topic sentence mentioning your claim.

Step 2:         Use 3 text-based examples (quotations, statistics, etc.) to support your claim (cite them).

Step 3:         Provide an explanation/analysis of your text-based examples.

Step 4:         Provide a concluding sentence.


C.  Second Supporting Paragraph: Alternate or Opposing Claim

Step 1:         Write a topic sentence using transitional language (such as “however,” on the other hand,” etc.) that established an alternative or opposing claim.

Step 2:         Use 3 text-based examples (quotations, statistics, etc.) to support the alternative or opposing claim (cite them).

Step 3:         Provide a rebuttal to the alternative or opposing claim(s) that helps strengthen your claim.

Step 4:         Provide a concluding sentence.

D.    Concluding Paragraph:

Step 1:         Restate your claim.

Step 2:         Summarize the main reasons for your claim.

Step 3:         Call to Action: A statement or a question for the reader to consider in support of your claim. (insight)