Today we continued our preparation for writing a Close Reading Analysis of an excerpt of The Odyssey by discussing the qualities of a strong thesis statement.
1. Introduction to DADS. All students picked up a sheet (download here: DADS) that explains the central qualities of a strong thesis.
All theses need to be DADS:
Debatable: Must be an opinion. To test to see whether it is debatable, try to come up with the opposite point of view.
Analytical: Must reveal something about the text or at least be about the text. “Odysseus is lame,” nad “The Odyssey is a great story,” are not analytical.
Defensible: You need to have evidence for your opinion.
Specific: Tell as many specifics as you can here.
2. Student thesis analysis. A few students volunteered to put their thesis on the board. As a class, we discussed whether they were DADS and modified them if needed.
3. Thesis Statement Practice in pairs. Students practiced locating DADS and revising theses on a worksheet (2nd page of DADS document above; download above) for about 10 minutes.
HW: The close reading essay is NOT due tomorrow. It will be due on Tuesday, November 3. For tomorrow, students need to follow steps 1-4 on the “How to Turn an Annotation into an Essay” Sheet (download here: How to Turn an Annotation into an Essay). The final step is to create an outline of the essay. Students should bring in the outline tomorrow. (Except 1st period)
Any students confused about how to turn the annotation into an essay can use this sheet for extra guidance: Worksheet How to Turn an Annotation into an Essay.