Essay Analysis Cooperative Learning

Your first responsibility…

Each individual is to read the essays assigned on your syllabus.  After reading an essay you are responsible for indicating (in writing):

1.  the title of the essay
2.  the author- a summary of the author’s life including information that
demonstrates influences associated with the assign essay
3.  the thesis statement (the last sentence in the first paragraph); justification of the thesis
4.  a summary of the essay
5.  indicate what type of essay and express why you believe so
6.  express what the theme (the author’s intended message) of the essay is
7.  Using the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension,
analysis, application, synthesis, judgment) write questions and replies
for each essay.   These questions should be integrated into your
8.  Each group is assigned an element of the rhetorical triangle to feature during their presentation.

Now that you have been assigned to groups…

You must determine how and who will present the (1-6) responsibilities from the individual list above.  Your essential task is to devise a means to facilitation that will prove to be informative, interesting and involve your classmates.


You are charged with an important responsibility—to prepare your classmates with further understanding in order to be prepared for the non-fiction exam, as well as to further their knowledge of the different types of essays and how each is composed for a purpose.  Your group will be evaluated according to two 600 point assessments, one for the presentation which will be categorized under speaking/listening and the other for the quality of the content/quality of your presentation that will be categorized under reading.  The time used during class will also be assessed in your speaking/listening grade.


You are responsible for the information presented by each group, any notes that you take can be used on the nonfiction exam.  You also are responsible for reading all of the assigned essays that your group and the other groups present.  A list of the essays follows:

Group 1-   Once More to the Lake by E.B. White Rhetorical Concept:  speaker (ethos)
Group 2-  Sending Grandma to the Ovens Rhetorical Concept:  Literary Terms– metaphor, satire, hyperbole, rhetoric, 
analogy, foreshadow
 Group 3-  What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About by Michele Filgate   Rhetorical Concept:  Audience (pathos)
Group 4-  George Orwell – A Hanging  Rhetorical Concept:  Content (logos)


Group Production…  You will have three class days to prepare for the assignments related to your reading.  Your productivity in your group will be assessed as part of your class participation effort.  The standards for conducting efficient use of time follows:

1.     One person in a group speaks at a time.

2.     An individual or individuals may not speak with the member(s) of another group.

3.     Any question directed towards the instructor must first be discussed within the group.

4.     Each member of the group must work on the nonfiction responsibilities unless
otherwise instructed.

5.     A group may work in the computer lab if each member receives a pass prior to class.

6.     Conflicts should be resolved without distracting others.