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Sara Kwasna
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Adriana Peachay replied to Sara Kwasna's discussion Sara's Mentor Text Review in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"This story is so intriguing, and I really like what you're planning with it. I think this is an excellent choice for high school students, and I like the idea of examining Arnold's use of persuasion here--this is really powerful stuff, and…"
Nov 9, 2009
Julie Moyle replied to Sara Kwasna's discussion Sara's Mentor Text Review in the group Persuasive Writing Ideas
"Wow...such a strong assignment and sad too...given all the past events in and around Reno of young girls being abducted...or perhaps the world...makes me sad... It is a way of waking up some of the young people as to the dangerous people who do…"
Nov 8, 2009
Sara Kwasna replied to Ryan Decasa's discussion Mentor Text: Spider and the Fly in the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
"I find it interesting that all of your examples are still in the "animal" family (I'll assume that this is for elementary level) but you could include other examples of more human predators- i.e. kidnappers, villains in comic books,…"
Nov 4, 2009
Sara Kwasna replied to Adriana Peachay's discussion Mentor Text Review: Appreciating idiosyncrasy in the group Teaching Persuasive Writing
"I think that the activity that we did in class last week would be a great way to get students thinking about looking at something from various perspectives."
Nov 4, 2009
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Sara's Mentor Text Review

Title/ Author: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol OatesReview: Joyce Carol Oates based the fictional story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" from a story she read in Life magazine about a young man who attracted and later killed several girls in Tucson, Arizona in the early 1960s.Connie is a beautiful 15-year old girl who is self-absorbed, conceited, and selfish. She has a tumultuous relationship with her mother and, being a teenager, she wants to rebel for the…See More
Oct 29, 2009

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