This unit primarily focuses on teaching argumentative writing. I will introduce the essential question: Is lying justified? From there we will examine various resources in order to form an opinion on lying and cheating. We will read and examine informational and literary texts in an attempt to utilize them for argumentative purposes. We will have many small group and whole class discussions regarding the material. I will also be using direct instruction with the aid of graphic organizers to detach the conventions of argumentative writing. There will be various assessments and checks for understanding with exit slips, group classwork activities, and timed independent writing sessions. The unit is structured in a repetitive format. Some of the activities and assignments in week one will be repeated in week 2 for further reinforcement of the new skills acquired. This unit culminates in the drafting of an argumentative essay.
Argumentative Writing Is Lying Justified?
Subject English Language Arts — Reading Standards for Fiction, Reading Standards for Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Writing
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Common Core State Standards
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.