Lesson objective(s): Reading complex academic articles
Total estimated time: 45-50 minutes
Additional outcome(s): Modeling academic writing, working with some of the terms in Gordon-Harvey (thesis and structure in particular)
Course work or assignment underway:
This has to happen early in the semester: just after they’ve read a more complex article.
Work and/or reading completed before class:
Sequence of Classroom Activities:
Break students into pairs.
Have each pair of students read a section of the article carefully and write down what they think the thesis of that section is. (15 minutes)
Come back into a large group and go through the sections in order, writing down the thesis of each section on the board/screen. (15 minutes)
Individually, ask students to illustrate the relationships among these theses. Have them underline the most important thesis, put a star next to the spot where a new thesis is introduced, and draw arrows between theses that depend on each other and must be made in that order. (7 minutes)
Come back into a large group and check for agreement/disagreement. Group discussion about the structure of this article. (10 minutes)