English 1A – Essay 2

English 1A – Essay 2 – Fall 2018

Here are some handouts and materials to help you organize and write Essay 2:


Required reading / viewing assignments for Essay 2:


Related / optional reading assignments for Essay 2:


Critical reading tips & tricks for The Best We Could Do, English 1A, other courses:

  1. Preview
    • Judge a book by its cover
    • Check how it is divided, organized
    • Find your purpose for reading
  2. Activate prior knowledge
    • What do you already know?
    • What do you need to know?
  3. Read out loud
    • Imagine you are the character
    • Or imagine hearing their voices
    • Act out the chapter
  4. Analyze the images
    • Compare the words and pictures
    • Examine the colors, shading, and composition
  5. Annotate & take notes
    • What is important?
    • Write questions
    • Define new vocabulary
    • Make connections
  6. Discuss
    • Converse or argue with each character
    • Write back to the characters or author
    • Teach yourself (or teach others)
    • Debate the topics & events of the book
  7. Research
    • Look for information on Vietnam, the Vietnam War, refugees, etc.
    • Use multimedia (audio, video, etc) to enhance your understanding