Students begin to organize their arguments and evidence both for and against the rule banning band t-shirts. Students learn the necessity of clear organization, generate main and supporting arguments, and create idea webs to organize the evidence they gathered in the last lesson.
The student will:
ASK students to prepare for class by getting out their evidence worksheets from the previous class.
ANTICIPATE by asking students to think about the evidence they saw about band t-shirts at Ben’s school. Ask students to think of which piece of evidence or testimony they think most and least showed that the t-shirts are disruptive. Randomly ask several students what they decided.
DISTRIBUTE one Organization Activity packet to each student.
READ the first page with the class. Explain that they will be using the evidence they gathered to write arguments both for and against the t-shirt ban.
ASK students to complete the circling and underlining activity at the bottom of the page.
DISCUSS the answers and the differences between the two paragraphs.
REVIEW the instructions for the activities on page 2 of the packet.
ASSIST students as needed as they deconstruct the paragraph on page 2 of the packet.
DISCUSS the answers with the class, emphasizing the organizational structure of the paragraph. (When they later write their essays, the essays will follow a similar structure. However, the essays will be broken into paragraphs.)
WORK THROUGH the third page with the class. Students already learned about main and supporting arguments during the unit’s first lesson, “So You Think You Can Argue.” This third page sets up the basis for organizing the evidence they gathered during the last lesson.
INTRODUCE the idea web. (You may have a different name for this type of graphic organizer.) Use either the short Power Point presentation or the projection master, or you could copy the master as a fourth page in the packet.
DISTRIBUTE two idea webs (Idea Web #1 and Idea Web #2) to each student.
EXPLAIN to students that they will now use their evidence sheets to jot down evidence that backs up each supporting argument.
ASSIST students as needed as they complete their idea webs. The idea webs will be the basis for the next step in the writing process: the outline.