Sleuth Like Sherlock, Write Like Watson | ELA Argumentative Essay Writing (Flex)
In this four week English Language Arts flex course, students will sleuth their way through riddles, short-story mysteries, and argumentative writing exercises, practicing CLAIM, EVIDENCE, WARRANT paragraph structure to solve each case! #academic
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
The game is afoot! The famed detective Sherlock Holmes has a series of mysteries to solve, but the lousy Inspector Lestrade has vowed not to jail anyone until Dr. John Watson writes up the case! Can your writing convince Scotland Yard to make an arrest?! *Please note: there are NO live meetings for this class. Content will be delivered through video and Classroom posts, and feedback on student writing will be delivered via video or written response. Students can complete the reading and...
The aim of this course is to strengthen argumentative writing skills. Students will learn to develop strong claims, analyze textual evidence, and craft well-supported arguments.
Students will be provided copies of the short story mysteries as well as structured notes pages. All resources will be provided in both digital and printer-friendly formats.
Students will be provided written feedback on any writing submitted.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
All short stories and scenarios used in class are inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and have been created by me for classroom use. A couple of stories touch on the more macabre subjects - murder, poison, criminal intent - and may be unsettling for more sensitive students. We stay clear of the more nefarious topics of drug use and romance.