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Purpose:

Step one: grab interview forms from last week.


Step two: begin writing your houses article with your partner. You may work
collaboratively, but you each need a separate article.
Needs to include: the different houses, a description of houses, at least two
quotes, description of house competitions, and other important elements
(such as house standings).
Length: should be roughly a page.

1.17.16 Objective:
I can use textual
evidence to support my
argument.

FOA 1.17.16
Write what you notice about the following sentences. Think about what types of
punctuation they use.

1. My mom, a retired nurse, is always concerned that Im sick.


2. The phone on the desk, a grey iPhone SE, had a huge crack splitting the front
of the screen.

Nonessential clauses and words


Nonessential: The average world temperature, however, has continued to rise
significantly. (word)

Essential: The sixth-century philosopher Boethius was arrested, tortured, and bludgeoned
to death. (word)

Nonessential: Company managers, seeking higher profits, hired temporary workers to


replace full-time staff. (phrase)

Essential: The person checking tickets at the counter asked for a form of
identification. (phrase)

Turn and talk:


What is the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing?
Come up with at least one difference and one similarity.

Argumentative Writing:
The reasons (that typically answer the question: Why do I think this?)
The claim (that typically answers the question: What do I think?)
The evidence (that typically answers the questions: How do I know this is the
case?).

In your groups: prepare for a debate in class


tomorrow by finding, citing, and explaining evidence.

Topic for Debate:


Are we too reliant on technology? Is technology helping us as a society or making
us dumber?

Purpose 1.18.17:
The Five Ws:
Who, what, when, where, and why.
Step one:
Come up with a popular story to use for your group (Finding Nemo,
Cinderella, etc). It should be one almost everyone knows.
Step two:
Write the answers to only the 5 W questions.
Step three:
Present information to class and see if they can guess what story it is.
Step four:
Check and make sure that Houses articles have 5 ws.

QUIZ
FRIDAY!

Objective 1.18.17

I can use textual evidence


to support my argument.

FOA 1.18.17:
Using the grammar rule from FOA yesterday (nonessential words and phrases)
write two sentences that use this comma rule.
Example:
1. My mom, a retired nurse, is always concerned that Im sick.

I will select four students at random to write their sentences on the board.

Step one: decide on who will be your groups presenter and notetaker.
You will also need a timekeeper and supply/materials person. Write your job at the
top of your paper. (3 minutes)

Step two: work on reading your passages out loud with your group;
everyone should be listening for potential evidence to use. Write down evidence
and explanations. (15 minutes)

Step three: work on a counterclaim and rebuttal. Think of all the reasons
other people could say your group is wrong. (10 minutes)

Step Four: when you are finished, work on your opening remarks for the
debate tomorrow.

Example Textual Evidence and Explanation:


Evidence:
Aerial drones could one day carry life-or- death medical supplies between
hospitals (Passage one, paragraph one).
Explanation:
Aerial drones are just one example of how technology is helping doctors save
lives. Right now, some people are dying because medicine cant get to them in
time. Doctors need technology like drones to make a difference in the world.

Purpose 1.19.17:

Propaganda
Techniques

Objective 1.19.17:

I can support my
arguments with reason
and evidence from a text.
Hi from Jada

FOA 1.19.17
Respond to the following prompt, using at least four sentences. One of your
sentences should employ the grammar rule we learned in class yesterday
(nonessential clauses and words).

Prompt:
What is your personal opinion about how technology is advancing in the world? Do
you think it is cool or dangerous? Why or why not?

Purpose 1.20.17

Propaganda
Techniques:
Work on your projects:
Learn about your type of propaganda with your
group.

Quiz Today: 1.20.17


No comp books.
Get out TWO sheets of
notebook paper.

Debate Format for 2nd:


1. All tables give opening remarks. (10 minutes)
2. Groups reconvene for planning rebuttal and defense. (5 minutes)
3. Groups respond to their competition. Each group responds to one other group
that is on the opposing side and defends themselves against any
counterclaim.
a. Group Four (psychologists)
b. Group Two (parents)
c. Group Three (teachers)
d. Group Eight (teachers)
e. Group Six (citizens)

Debate Format for 4th, 5th, 7th:


1. All tables give opening remarks. (10 minutes)
2. Groups reconvene for planning rebuttal and defense. (5 minutes)
3. Groups respond to their competition.
a. Group One (doctors) vs. Group Four (psychologists)
b. Group Three (teachers) vs. Group Eight (teachers)
c. Group Six (citizens) vs. Group Seven (scientists)
d. Group Five (government officials) vs. Group Two (parents)

Debate Format for 8th:


1. All tables give opening remarks. (10 minutes)
2. Groups reconvene for planning rebuttal and defense. (5 minutes)
3. Groups respond to their competition.
a. Group One (doctors)
b. Group Three (teachers)
c. Group Six (citizens)
d. Group Seven (scientists)
e. Group Five (government officials)
f. Group Two (parents)

Debate Rules:
1. Respect all other classmates at all times with words and body language.
2. Do not talk without being called on by the teacher.
Doing so will result in loss of points from your team and/or disqualification.

3. Use your notes and evidence to guide you, not your emotions.
4. Be involved with your team, even if you are not the presenter.
Students other than the presenter may speak, but the presenter is the designated spokesperson.

5. Be prepared and ready to respond.


6. Bonus points for each time you use an argumentative vocabulary word.

First:
Finish debate prep from yesterday.
You should have five quotes.
You should have five explanations.

When you are finished with your quotes, move on to counterclaim and rebuttal.

Opening Remarks:
Introduce who you are (characters and whether you are affirmative or negative).
You can make up a backstory here. Think: what happened to you to make you such a concerned
parent about technology? Remember: you should be using facts from your passages during
the debate, not just emotional appeal.

Your main claim (what you believe)


Your reasoning (why you believe it)
Your counterclaim (what others might think)
Should be about half a page.

Argumentative Vocabulary Review


Argument - an attempt to convince someone using reasoning and evidence on a
topic that is open to debate.
Authors perspective - how the author feels about the situation or topic.
Audience who you are writing for.
Claim - a statement essentially arguable but used as a primary point to support or
prove an argument.
Thesis - a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or
proved.
Counterclaim - an opposing claim that disagrees with the thesis.
Rebuttal - an attempt to disprove, contradict, or argue an opposing reasoning.
Premise - the logical basis of a theory or argument.
Reasoning - the explanations of why the author feels the way he or she does.
Formal Style - using a professional choice of words and tone/attitude