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Writing argumentative essays about "Much Ado About Nothing," Act I, Scene 1

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of Act I, Scene 1 of "Much Ado About Nothing. Across these lessons, students plan and draft an argumentative literary essay using evidence from the text to reflect on how Shakespeare's use of the image of a bull with horns contribute to theme.

Lessons

  • Analyze a question fully

    In this lesson, you will learn how to fully analyze a question by identifying key words and phrases and using them to create a guide to help answer the question.

  • Develop a rough outline

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a rough outline by researching the answers to all parts of the question and determining the best paragraph structure.

  • Create an essay plan

    In this lesson you will learn how to plan an essay by creating a table containing claims, evidence, and explanation.

  • Develop a working thesis statement

    In this lesson, you will learn how to develop a working thesis statement by summarizing key conclusions.

  • Write a rough draft

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a rough draft by clearly linking claims, evidence, and explanations within each body paragraph.

  • Write an introduction

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop an introduction by anticipating, and then filling, the needs of the reader.

  • Write a conclusion

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a conclusion by restating your thesis and leaving your reader something new to think about.

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