Language Objectives: Students will write about an argument they have had before and draft two different introductions for their argument.
1.) Bell Work: SSR The Book Thief
2.) After reading for 15 minutes, answer the following questions:
- Summarize what you have read in one sentence.
- What are two details that stood out to you in your reading? Why did they stand out to you?
- Describe Liesel's relationship to both Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Why do you think Zusak chose to write her relationship to her foster parents this way?
- Which sentence is correct?
b) His looking cool mattered less to his mother than to him.
c) He looking cool mattered less to his mother than to him.
3.) Watch Monty Python's "The Argument Clinic" to refresh your memory on what an argument is not. Obviously, you need a bit more than just hurling insults or saying "no" to form a coherent argument. Your argument needs:
- a clear introduction and hook: give your audience/reader context and set the stage for what you are about to discuss
- claims: you need to know what you are actually arguing about; arguments to show your side
- counter-claims: not only will you need to anticipate counter-arguments, you should be prepared and able to refute them as they come up.
- Credibility: make sure you back your argument with valid arguments from research and credible sources; your argument can't just come out of your own head
- Conclusion: even the most well-argued point needs to be wrapped up somehow; you want to close with a clear call to action
5.) Highlight or circle the most convincing argument on your side and your parent's/friend's most convincing counter-argument; this is what you should build up to and what your challenge will be to refute.
6.) After figuring out your and their strongest argument points, you need to figure out how to set the stage to your argument. There are two ways to doing this:
One, you could start with your side of the story and point out what the problem is from your point of view.
Two, you could turn around and start out with one of their arguments and then lead into your issue with this.
7.) Draft two different introductions for your argument and turn it in with your bell work and your four-square argument chart.
8.) Decide on a topic for your argument paper. We will spend the next two periods researching and outlining your argument papers.
- Bell Work
- Four-Square Argument Chart
- Rough draft of two introductions to your argument