Tuesday, May 6, 2014

District Writing Assessment - Argument Writing

Argument Writing: Analyzing Supporting Texts and Determining Our Position Today we will continue to analyze a series of supporting source texts related to the use of digital technology, which will guide us in thinking about the issues involved, help us take a clear position in the debate, and provide us with evidence to support our thinking. 

Task 1: Read and examine Source # 2 in small groupsRead Source # 2 together in small groups. Look for evidence that supports both sides of the debate and include it on your evidence notetaking guide, which you can still find here.  

Task 2Read and examine Source # 3 independentlyRead Source # 3 on your own. As you read, continue to look for evidence that support the two positions at stake in this debate. Write your evidence using the same evidence document.  

Task 3Evaluate evidence and determine your position.  Your job now is to carefully examine and evaluate the evidence from both sides and come to a determination on where you stand on the issue. Should we shut down our screens for a week or not? Once you have decided on your position, you will write a clear statement on where you stand at the bottom of the evidence document you've been using. This statement may ultimately end up serving as the thesis statement for your Argument Essay.

Now that you've taken a position, tomorrow you will begin to organize your thinking, and start the process of writing your Argument essay.  

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.