Lesson Plan

Peer Revisions for Counterclaims

Students will review counterclaims and revise their peer's essays to help them improve their counterclaims.
Donald S.
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Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School
Bronx, NY
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My Grades 9
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

(students will have already written an argumentative essay before this lesson or use a previous essay from an earlier assessment)

Students will be able to review counterclaims.

Students will be able to identify claims and counterclaims.

Students will be able topair claims to their counterclaims.

Students will be able to suggest constructive feedback to their peers.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 9
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Do Now- 5 min

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Do Now:  What is a counterclaim?  Provide an example of a counterclaim.

 Students reviews examples given by their peers.  

Student Instructions

Student answers question.  Reviews examples given by their peers.  

2 Class Review/ Mini-Lesson 15 min

Teacher reviews counterclaims with students, using some of the Padlet examples to help clarify any misunderstandings.

ProCon.org will be used to give a quick example of 1 or 2 topics in which students will work with a partner to identify a claim and counterclaim for the topic.  Students will use a turn and talk to discuss the topic.

Student Instructions

Students will listen to teacher review counterclaims.

Students will work with partner identifying an example of a claim and counterclaim in a topic using a turn and talk.  

3 Partner Work Time- 20 min

Students will work with their partners to revise their essays, focusing on the counterclaim using Google Docs or Kaizena.  Students must answer the following questions and provide feedback to their partners.

What is the thesis/ claim of the essay?  Is it supported?

What is the counterclaim?  Is it supported?

Is the claim stronger than the counterclaim?  

Student Instructions

Students will work with their partners to revise their essays, focusing on the counterclaim using Google Docs or Kaizena.  

Answer the following questions about your partner's essay:  

What is the thesis/ claim of the essay?  Is it supported?

What is the counterclaim?  Is it supported?

Is the claim stronger than the counterclaim?  

4 Summary- 5 min

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Students will review feedback from their peers and record,  What are next steps they will have to complete to improve their essays.  

Student Instructions

Summary-  What were some of the comments you received about your essay?  Record  what are the  next steps you will have to do to improve your essay based off of the feedback.  Use iPhoto to record and share your recording with yourself and your teacher.