Prepare students for persuasive writing by introducing them to the concept of making an argument. Students discover there’s a difference between “arguing” and making an argument in support of a position, and that making an argument is a learned skill that doesn’t depend on how you feel about an issue.
The student will use a guided notetaking worksheet to:
ANTICIPATE by cutting out the script cards at the bottom of the Step by Step page and giving them to two student volunteers. Read the scripts with the volunteers. First, ask the class which student is more likely to convince the teacher not to give homework. Second, ask students to silently think of one thing Student B’s argument has that A’s argument does not have, and tell a partner. Last, ask whether B’s argument would have been just as effective if all B had said was “there are a lot of away games this week” without any explanation. Discuss briefly with the class.
DISTRIBUTE one So You Think You Can Argue Power Point Worksheet OR Paper Only Guided Worksheet to each student.
OPTION A: INTERACTIVE POWER POINT PRESENTATION
WORK THROUGH the Power Point presentation with the class while students fill in their Power Point Worksheets.
CLOSE with the mini quiz at the end of the presentation. The very last slide of the presentation lets you anticipate the next lesson.
OPTION B: INTERACTIVE LESSON--PAPER ONLY
WORK THROUGH the Paper Only Guided Worksheet with students. Use the Paper Only Teacher Guide for instruction, pausing to discuss and let students fill in the blanks.
CLOSE with the true/false activity on the Active Participation Guide.