Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Debating Pets in the Classroom

 Today's Learning Objective  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 

Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Watching and Notetaking from Video So far you have read two different informational texts taking two different sides in the debate over whether animals should be kept as pets in school classrooms. Now you will watch a video (feature below) about the issue. Your task is to take notes from the video using the document Pets in the Classroom. Write down important ideas and information that you might want to use in your argumentative essay. Remember to include accurate quotes and text details.

Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Writing an Argumentative Essay Imagine that your task is to convince your school principal either to allow pets in the classroom, or not allow pets in the classroom, based on the video and articles that you used for research. Write an argumentative essay stating and explaining your position on the issue. 

Make sure you clearly state a claim supporting pets in the classroom or not allowing pets in the classroom, and then support that claim with evidence from the texts you've read and watched. 

You can also may access another argument essay checklist here, as well as a list of transition words here. You will write in the space provided on the document Pets in the Classroom. We will work on this essay during the remainder of the week. Good luck! 

Homework Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 4th Quarter Reading Log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folder. 

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