Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Write an Argument Essay: Getting Started

Warm Up  As we begin to think about how to make a convincing argument about an issue supported by evidence, let's check out a real-life debate that some in the country are having: whether or not we should pay low-income employees, such as fast-food workers, more money.  Learn more about the debate by reading an article featuring the pros and cons at Newsela.  Log in, click "Binder," and locate the article entitled "PRO/CON: Should workers in fast-food restaurants make more money?"  Make sure you set the reading level to 840L (Grade Level: 5) and after you finish reading, if you have time, please take the quiz.  

Write an Argument Essay: Getting Started  Yesterday you read about the issues involved regarding whether or not school should start later.  You also began to research evidence supporting each side of the debate.  Today you will decide what your think and begin to develop your argument.  Additional information/opinions related to school start times and sleep can be found here and here. You can also find a current debate about the issue on debate.org, an online community where people around the world come to debate and read the opinions of others.  Once you've decided on your point of view, you can begin your assignment here.  Follow steps 1-4.   

Homework  30 minutes of silent reading at home.  Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available.  Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here.