domingo, 28 de agosto de 2016


Portfolo entry # 13.

Write an ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY based on the topic: DEATH PENALTY.

DEADLINE: 1st week in October!!!

(I can give you a couple of extra dayssssss)




Watch the video:
  • Write down a list of key words.
  • Enlarge your notes, write down key phrases. 
Watch the video again:
  • WRITE DOWN THE ARGUMENTS AND COUNTER-ARGUMENTS that Jeremy Irons poses. This is NOT a transcription from the video or a cloze dictation; it means deep comprehension of the conent of his speech and conceptualization.
  • TIP: pay attention to pauses, stressed words, intonation, etc.


stella :-)

PORTFOLIO ENTRY # 11- A letter.

Portfolio entry #11

Read the LETTER that Yoko Ono wrote to the Parole Board. Write down five ideas expressed by John Lennon's widow. Paste the in your portfolio.

DEADLINE: September 5th


PORTFOLIO ENTRY #10: A PODCAST on Argumentative writing.

Portfolio entry # 11.

If you go to THIS LINK, you can listen to a PODCAST related to teaching how to write argumentative papers. Listen to it and write down a SUMMARY with ALL the information discussed by this specialist.




sábado, 27 de agosto de 2016

PORTFOLIO 9: How to write an effective essay.

Portfolio entry #9:

  • Watch this video.
  • Take down notes.


  • Paste your notes to the WALL WISHER.
  • ONCE IT'S READY, embed it IN YOUR OWN PORTFOLIO. (arrow and box on the right)

Do you need a TUTORIAL? It's available HERE.



Argumentative essay and Thesis statement.

Types of Papers: Argument/Argumentative Essay

While some teachers consider persuasive papers and argument papers to be basically the same thing, it’s usually safe to assume that an argument paper presents a stronger claim—possibly to a more resistant audience. READ MORE

…use passionate language…use weak qualifiers like “I believe,” “I feel,” or “I think”—just tell us!
…cite experts who agree with you…claim to be an expert if you’re not one
…provide facts, evidence, and statistics to support your position…use strictly moral or religious claims as support for your argument
…provide reasons to support your claim…assume the audience will agree with you about any aspect of your argument
…address the opposing side’s argument and refute their claims…attempt to make others look bad (i.e. Mr. Smith is ignorant—don’t listen to him!)
Adapted from: Roane State Community College


Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements

1.Determine what kind of paper you are writing:
  • An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
  • An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
  • An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.
If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:
An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.
The paper that follows should:
  • Explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors
Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:
The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.
The paper that follows should:
  • Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers
Example of an argumentative thesis statement:
High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.
The paper that follows should:

  • Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college.
Adapted from: Purdue University. OUL.

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