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Writing argumentative literary essay in response to "Mrs. Manstey's View"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the short story, "Mrs. Manstey's View" by Edith Wharton. Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an argumentative literary essay taking a position on whether or not Mrs. Manstey is a victim of her social and physical environment.

Lessons

  • Generate claims in response to a writing prompt

    In this lesson you will learn how to generate knowledgeable claims by analyzing the writing prompt.

  • Identify opposing claims

    In this lesson you will learn how to organize significant evidence by identifying the opposing claims.

  • Draft an essay using the PEEL method

    In this lesson you will learn how to draft an essay by utilizing the PEEL method of paragraph writing.

  • Draft an effective conclusion

    In this lesson you will learn how to draft an effective conclusion by identifying the most important parts of the argument.

  • Use varied syntax

    In this lesson you will learn how to vary syntax to create cohesion by adding transitional words and phrases.

  • Maintain a formal style and objective tone

    In this lesson you will learn how to maintain a formal style and objective tone by revising the informal language.

Resources

  • Mrs. Manstey's View

    Mrs. Manstey's View. A short story published in Scribner's Magazine 1891.