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Writing an argumentative essay in response to "The Great Escape from Slavery of Ellen and William Craft"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the Smithsonian.com article, "The Great Escape from Slavery of Ellen and William Craft." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an argumentative essay taking a stance on what kind of people the Crafts are.

Lessons

  • Write a claim by examining evidence

    In this lesson you will learn to make a claim for an argumentative essay by examining evidence.

  • Evaluate relevant evidence to support a claim

    In this lesson you will learn to support a claim by evaluating relevant evidence from the text.

  • Write a compelling conclusion paragraph

    In this lesson you will learn to write a compelling conclusion paragraph by summarizing how the most important evidence proves your claim.

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