Accurate and Relevant Details

What is an inference?

a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence or reasoning


What is an accurate detail?

A detail that is credible, trustworthy, and true


What is a thesis statement?

A sentence that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay and let's the reader know what to expect.


I'm thinking of a number 1-100. If you guess it correctly, every other team resets their score to zero.

Whatever the teacher wrote


"When Bob got home, Tobi wagged his tail, tackled him to the ground, and licked his face repeatedly."

What can you infer about Tobi?

He is a dog and/or he is excited to see Bob.


What is a relevant detail?

A detail that is significant and related to the topic


What is the purpose of a hook? Where does it go?

The hook should grab the reader's attention. It is the very first part of the essay.


Heads or tails?

Win = 200 points

Lose = -200 points

Whichever side the coin landed on


"Mariah received detention for a trivial offense. All she did was sneeze too loudly."

Based on context clues, what does the word trivial mean?

of little value or importance (or something close to this)


Which supporting detail would be most appropriate for an essay about the history of music?

a) According to one survey, most people think that guitars are the most fun instrument to play.

b) Harps and flutes were among the first known instruments played in ancient Egypt.

c) Post Malone's stage name came from a rap name generator.

d) In ancient Egypt, where music was important, people received the death penalty for harming cats.



Where should the thesis statement go?

The last sentence of the introduction





Solve the riddle above (hint: the answer is two words).

neon lights


"Jack weakly licked his dry mouth and looked around. Water surrounded him, but not a drop was safe to drink."

Where is Jack? What is his situation?

Jack is stranded on the ocean.


"Stronger pollution control laws for cars are needed to protect the air."

Which statement best supports this opinion?

a) The Clean Air Acts required auto makers to reduce pollution emitted by cars.

b) In the 1960s, Ralph Nader published "Unsafe at Any Speed".

c) Cars and other means of transportation produce almost 80 percent of the carbon monoxide in the air.

d) Chlorofluorocarbons can break down the ozone layer.



_____________________ because many families can't afford to take out student loans, high-paying jobs often require degrees, and a more educated population would greatly improve society.

Provide a position for this thesis statement.

Example: Higher education should be free and accessible to everyone.


Successfully say, "Sally sells seashells by the seashore," five times fast. You have 45 seconds.

Sally sells seashells by the seashore. Sally sells seashells by the seashore. Sally sells seashells by the seashore. Sally sells seashells by the seashore. Sally sells seashells by the seashore.


"With preternatural agility, the superhero managed to neutralize the bomb and swiftly capture the villain, saving the city from disaster."

Based on context clues, what does the word preternatural mean?

outside of the usual limits of the natural world (or something close to this)


Which two details are the most accurate:

a) The International Astronomical Union classified Pluto as a "dwarf planet" in 2006.

b) According to several Instagram comments, Taylor Swift has the largest fanbase of any musical artist.

c) In recent years, there has been an average of 70 unprovoked shark attacks annually.

d) People in the south love country ham and biscuits.

A and C


Provide a hook for the following topic by using descriptive imagery:

"The popularity of fast food restaurants"

Example: Gooey cheese melts on the juicy, sizzling burger as you take your first bite. The salty fries beckon you with steam, and your tastebuds delight in the temporary pleasure provided by a hot, quickly served meal.


Close your eyes and count to ten as a team. If two students say a number at the same time, you fail. A student cannot say two numbers in a row.

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