Friday, March 13, 2015

Write an Argument Essay: Getting Started

 Today's Learning Objectives  Identify textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasoning and relevant evidence.   

Write an Argument Essay: Getting Started  Over the past week you have read about the issues involved regarding whether or not kids should play football from the Scope Magazine Article "Should Kids Play Football?". You also began to research evidence supporting each side of the debate. Today you will continue to examine evidence about the debate from multiple sources, decide what you think about the issue, and begin to develop your argument. 

To strengthen your argument it's important to gather evidence from multiple sources. First, check out the balanced article "Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?" from U.S. News & World Report (an excerpt can be also found below). 

You can continue to add evidence (while also citing your sources) to your Should Kids Play Football? - Identifying Evidence from Both Sides document.
An excerpt from the article "Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?" from U.S. New & World Report

For another perspective, you may want to check out the article "3 ways your child will benefit from playing youth football," which is decidedly on the side of letting kids play. 

Finally, if you're looking for some more clear evidence against kids playing youth football, read the article "Why Kids Under 14 Should Not Play Tackle Football" from Time Magazine.

Once you've gathered enough initial evidence and decided on your point of view, you can begin to develop your argument and lay the foundation for your essay using the assignment Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4, which can be found in your Language Arts folders. I will guide you through the initial steps today: 1. Decide what you think. 2. Find your support. 3. Acknowledge the other side. 4. Craft your thesis. 

We will continue working on this next week. 

Homework  (1.) Continue working on the assignment Write an Argument Essay: Steps 1 - 4. (2.) Make sure you read for 30 minutes over the weekend and make another entry on your 3rd Quarter Reading Log. Don't forget to try one of the 100 New Year's Reading Resolutions for 2015 and make note of it on your log. I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, March 16.

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