Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 11

Students working on written assignment in class.

In this lesson, the idea of a “quote sandwich” is introduced. This is a way to help students understand that when they use
evidence in an argument essay, they should always:
• * Analyze the quote. This is where students show their thinking about how the quote develops the reasons and claim. This part is often where students struggle the most. To support them, there is language included in the Quote Sandwich guide, such as “this shows.” Since students are learning this skill, the language used is meant to be easy for students to imitate. When they have mastered the analysis (the thinking in the writing), then they can begin to use more sophisticated transitions (the craft in the writing).
• This lesson includes peer critique. Critiques simulate the experiences students will have in the workplace and thus help build a culture of achievement, collaboration, and open-mindedness in your classroom. Students engaged in a different peer critique structure in Module 1 when the provided Stars and Steps for the “Inside Out” poems.
• This peer critique protocol is similar to the Praise-Question-Suggest protocol (see Appendix 1). That is done intentionally to build student capacity.
• In advance: Consider creating a peer critique packet for each student that includes the Quote Sandwich guide, Quote Sandwich for Peer Critique, Peer Critique Expectations and Directions, and Peer Critique recording form in order to make distributing papers more efficient.
• Students are introduced to the Essay Planner at the end of this lesson. Each space for planning the body paragraphs features room for three quote sandwiches, which reflects the space provided on the Supporting Evidence-Based Claims graphic organizer. You may wish to remind students that they may have two quote sandwiches instead of three in their body paragraphs since they should select the strongest evidence to support their reason.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are...
W.8.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by...

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