Lesson Plan

Students Learn to Advocate with Reasoned Argument

Students will want to take part in creating the new playground after they read what kids can do!
Audra B.
Technology coordinator
Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

1.  Find, evaluate and cite the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

2.  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence from valid online text.

3.  With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. 

4.  Draw evidence from literary or informational online texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Health & Wellness
Grades 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

TodaysMeet
Free, Paid

Students love an argument about their rights. Engage students by asking the following question as a Hook activity: The superintendent wants to hear from students on the subject of new ideas for our school playground In 140 characters are less, state your position on this issue. 

Today's Meet.com is a great tool for engaging all students quickly and easily.  Since we are a 1:1 campus, I would have the link to the TodaysMeet question as a QR code that students can scan as they enter the room.  This gives them time to think about their response and articulate them in 140 characters or less.  The teacher will also  create a PDF transcript of the responses for later review. 

Student Instructions

Students: Please scan the QR Code with your iPad or Chromebook.

Follow the directions to answer today's question in our "back channel' for today's lesson.

2 Direct Instruction

Before students dive into responding to the writing prompt, students will read the article on
ThinkCERCA  "How did Benjamin Franklin's inventions benefit people for years to come?"  As a quick formative assessment, teachers can have students complete the five questions to check for student understanding of the text.

After reading the text, explain to students that they will be using this article to generate reasons for a text and supporting them with text.

Have a graphic organizer template to model.  Here is one for Three Reasons and Two Facts.

Make sure to model the following steps (as mentioned in the Learnzillion video):

1.  Stated their position on the issue.

2.  Analyzed the text for evidence to support their position.  Elaborate on that reasoning.

3.  Organize evidence into body paragraphs.

If you are using a "flipped classroom" model you may want to have students view a video like this one at home to model the thought process.  In addition, if you would like extra support on modeling the thought process for planning arguments, refer to this Learnzilion lesson here on Planning an argument with Evidence from the Text.

Student Instructions

Students will read text and complete 5 questions on ThinkCerca

​Students will complete LearnZillion Graphic Organizer

After reading the text, students  will be using this article to generate reasons for a text and supporting them with text.

1.  Stated their position on the issue.

2.  Analyzed the text for evidence to support their position.  Elaborate on that reasoning.

3.  Organize evidence into body paragraphs.

3 Guided Practice

ThinkCERCA
Free, Paid

Now have students read the article, "The Cozy Invention" on ThinkCerca.  Then students can complete the short quiz as a check for reading comprehension.  Then give students the following prompt: Can kids invent thinks that make the world a better place??

Students will then complete the graphic organizer adding reasons and evidence from the text to support their reasons.  Be ready to provide support when students need assistance and make sure they are using their steps.

Student Instructions

Students will then complete the graphic organizer adding reasons and evidence from the text to support their reasons.  Be ready to provide support when students need assistance and make sure they are using their steps.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Using their graphic organizers, students will now begin drafting their response to the essay question: Should the students of our school be allowed to decide what goes on the new playground?

5 Wrap-Up/Extension

We use Turnitin in our upper grades and it would be good for our younger students to begin to understand it.  We will use Turnitin, not to worry about plagiarism, but to learn from peer review.

Also, students tend to appreciate and value the feedback of their peers.  One way to accomplish that in writing is through peer reviews:  After students have completed their drafts, have them type them up and upload them to Turnitin.com for peer reviews.  

Students may need support in what to look for when reviewing the work of their peers.  You can include: 

1.  What did you like best about the paper?

2.  What questions do you have about the paper?

3.  Were the reasons supported with enough evidence from the text?

4.  What suggestions would you make to the writer to improve their paper?

Student Instructions

Scan the QR code for Turnitin

Set up a Turnitin account following video instructions provided by our HS Librarian.