Students will understand that:
- A well presented argument is well researched and defendable.
- In order to develop a solid argument, you must know both sides of an issue and be able to defend yourself accordingly.
- Argumentation has been a key force of change in society since the beginning of time.
- Argumentation is important because it is used every day in society.
NC Standard Course of Study Goal 3.02: Students will understand how to select an issue or theme and take a stance on this issue by:
- Reflecting the viewpoint(s) of Americans of different times and places
- Showing sensitivity or empathy for the culture represented
- Supporting the argument with specific reasons
Teacher developed PowerPoint with examples of strong arguments for and against certain issues; time in a computer lab for groups to develop a presentation, time in class for students to prepare this argument; articles, books, and internet for sources to cite in presentation; journals; evaluation sheets for the other groups’ presentations
* Lesson plan design is for more than just one period – see time allotted for more details.
|Time||What the Teacher Will Do||What the Students Will Do|
|45 min of 1 period||
|90 min class||
Evidence of Student Success
- Students will present a STRONG argument. Students will work in groups to develop a 10 minute multimedia presentation which takes a stance on an issue drawn from a hat. Elements of a strong argument will be discussed before this project and students will be evaluated on strength of presentation, use of technology, and level of research.
- Students will keep a journal, dialoguing about how a strong argument is constructed and how difficult it might be defend something they may disagree with personally.
- Students will self-assess group work, use of technology, as well as strength of their argument in the form of a summary in essay form. Students will also assess the strength of other students’ arguments on sheets developed by teacher which allow students to comment on strengths and weaknesses of particular lessons.