Thesis Development

Thesis Development

Group Project Check-In


Report back to your group on your homework.

  • Were you able to complete the work assigned to you?
  • What problems did you face?
  • How can you and your group resolve any problems or difficulties?

Short Story Share

Work Time

Share your thoughts on the second short story you read for homework.

  • Review each of the questions you answered in the previous lesson, about the second short story, with your classmates:
    • Who is the protagonist?
    • What is the setting?
    • Who is the author? What do you know about him or her?
    • Does the biographical information about the author contribute at all to your understanding of the story?
    • What theme or themes emerges from your reading of the story?
    • Can you connect this theme to any of the works you have read in this unit? Any of the works in your project?

Thesis Development

Work Time

Before you continue working, revisit the strategies you used to develop the thesis for your first paper in this unit, in Lesson 10.

When you have finished, make notes on the following questions.

  • What do the story you read for homework and the story you read in class have in common?
  • What commonalities among stories might you explore in your paper?
  • What questions do you have that might help you generate a meaningful thesis? Write at least four questions.

Open Notebook

It might be helpful to review the assignment and your Independent Reading Journal to help you stay on track during this process.

Response to Peer Questions

Work Time

Share the questions you developed in the previous task.

  • Follow your teacher’s instructions to respond to at least four of your classmates’ questions.

You will have at least four responses to your questions by the end of this task.

Project Homework Assignment


Assign homework for each member of your group.

  • What still needs to be done?
  • What will each person do to prepare for the next lesson?

Open Notebook

Independent Project Work


  • Complete the work assigned by your group.

Continue working on your Independent Reading Journal.