Lesson 7: Emphasize, Minimize


As a precursor to writing a rough draft, students learn that you can’t ignore evidence for the other side of an argument.  Students learn how to use complex sentences to minimize or emphasize evidence when they argue. This lesson may not take an entire class period, so you may want to combine it with your own sentence-writing exercises or with another lesson.

Learning Objectives

The student will:           

  • Determine which part of a complex sentence minimizes an idea and which part emphasizes an idea.
  • Write complex sentences designed to emphasize or minimize evidence in an argument.