Thursday, February 9th

Today in class, we completed our fourth session of the literary analysis unit. This mini-lesson focused on crafting claims– something that captures the whole of that person so the claim (or thesis statement) is big enough to think and write about for awhile and becomes a central idea for the entire essay. We referred back to the mentor text, Raymond’s Run. 

Check out the Literary Analysis folder to see the Google Doc we made a copy of: Lesson 4- Creating Claims.

The following information should be added to your already-created anchor charts in your writer’s notebooks.


  • Re-read selected bits.
  • Notice details, think, talk, write to explore: “Why this detail?”
  • Think, “What does the character REALLY want?”
    • Think about the deep down, internal motivations.
  • Try to generate an idea about the character that encompasses the WHOLE character and the WHOLE text.


  • Fishbowl Group #2: Written explanation and wiki review (Don’t forget changed section!)
  • Read!


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