Second Quarter Book Project is Due 3/9
The instructional focus for 3rd quarter will be on argumentative writing. The Argumentative Unit will take students through a cycle of debate, and in it will teach them how to evaluate the evidence behind existing arguments, and you’ll teach them ways to rehearse and compose their own positions on a controversial issue.
Additionally, the unit will guide students when taking a side on an issue, it’s important to state a claim, give reasons to back up that claim, and give evidence to support each and every reason. Next, students will learn ways to sort and rank their evidence, deciding which evidence matches each point and which evidence is most compelling.
Throughout this unit, students will learn how to read with a critical eye, looking for contradictions among sources, and paying careful attention to the author’s perspective. Students will be given the opportunity to present their arguments orally, in order for them to determine what new evidence they must gather in preparation for writing.
Furthermore, students will learn how to craft an introduction that will set up their argument well and how to introduce and refute counterarguments. Lastly, students will learn ways that writers match the tone of their writing to its purpose and audience.
Apps, Games, and Sites for Argumentative Writing
Help students learn the skills they'll need to produce works of high-quality argumentative writing. In the work they produce, students must learn to develop a claim, substantiate it with evidence, acknowledge opposing claims, and utilize relevant, logical reasoning to develop a sound and coherent argument. Beyond academic writing, these are the skills that will give students a solid foundation in the kind of critical thinking necessary for them to be well-informed citizens of a democracy.
QuandaryPublisher: Learning Games Network
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions.
Citizen SciencePublisher: GLS Studios
Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues.
ThinkCERCAVisit Website: http://www.thinkcerca.com
Well-structured lessons encourage deep analysis, thoughtful writing.
Mars Gen One: Argubot AcademyPublisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure.
Argument WarsPublisher: iCivics.org
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument.
Drafting BoardVisit Website: https://www.icivics.org/products/drafting-board
Students get persuasive skills with delightful civics-based essay tool.
Room for DebateVisit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate
Experts examine, dissect, and discuss critical issues.
ProCon.orgVisit Website: http://www.procon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues.
The Learning NetworkVisit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens.
The Sports Network 2
Make news and build ELA skills with this cable sports show simGRADES7-12
WeavaPublisher: Weava Tools
Chrome extension helps organize web-based research.
Your CommonwealthVisit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth.
iSideWith Visit Website: www.isidewith.com
Easy-to-use political quiz provides instant results, provokes debate