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Writing argumentative essays about "A Brook in the City"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the poem, "A Brook in the City." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an argumentative essay taking a stance on whether or not this poem is relevant to contemporary American society.

Lessons

  • Generate precise reasons

    In this lesson you will learn how to generate precise reasons by completing a Venn diagram and making a list.

  • Develop reasons by analyzing the text

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop your reasons by analyzing the text for supporting evidence.

  • Address audience potential biases

    In this lesson you will learn how to address an audience’s potential biases by analyzing your audience.

  • Introduce claims and reasons

    In this lesson you will learn how to introduce claims and reasons by reviewing your notes from the text and considering your audience.

  • Use clauses and transitions to link sections

    In this lesson you will learn how to use clauses and transitions to link major sections of your article by analyzing your first and last sentences.

  • Revise the conclusion paragraph

    In this lesson you will learn how to improve your conclusion paragraph by connecting your reader to the text and the author’s purpose.

Resources

  • A Brook in the City

    "A Brook in the City", a poem by Robert Frost. Published as part of "New Hampshire" in 1923.