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The Rights and Freedoms of Americans
As the students arrive for class, the powerpoint on claims and counterclaims tells them to find a partner. They will work with this partner for all the activities in class. For homework, students had to finish crafting a claim. Today they should have their essential question for their research project, a draft of the claim, and at least four reasons they believe in their claim W Now their partner will function as their peer evaluator. On the back of their homework, the peer evaluator is ask to respond to the following prompts:. We are still at the initial planning stages of their argumentative essay W
The purpose of a counter argument is to consider and show that you are considering perspectives other than your own. A counter-argument tears down other viewpoints; it does not build up your own, which you should do in separate paragraphs. Watch that you don't overdo it. A turn into counter argument here and there will sharpen and energize your essay, but too many such turns will have the reverse effect by obscuring your main idea or suggesting that you're ambivalent about your point of view.
Every so often, when I like I may be approaching burnout, I'll factor in some extra silent reading time. I always allow the kids to take ownership over this. Reading is such a treat for them, and they savor extra reading time.