Thursday, March 17, 2016

Write and Argument Essay: Finding Evidence

 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: Finding Evidence  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. You can use the document Evidence for My Argument Essay, located in your Language Arts Google Classroom, to keep track of the evidence you may want to use in your Argument Essay, while also citing your sources.

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). 

An excerpt from the article "Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?" from U.S. New & World Report

For another perspective, 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.

Now continue your research independently. Below you will find various additional links to sources both for and against kids playing football. Examine the various sources, find evidence that you think will strengthen your argument, and list the source and evidence on your document. You may also want to include a few perspectives that are opposed to your argument, which you may end up refuting in your argument essay. 

Sources that Examine Both Sides of the Debate
Sources Opposed to Kids Playing Football
Sources in Support of Kids Playing Football 
Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete 'The Tequila Worm' Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm'), which is due Friday, March 18. (3.) Continue working on your Should Kids Play Football? - Identifying Evidence from Both Sides, "Should Kids Play Football?" Finding Text Evidence Activity, and 100 Word Challenge: ... when the connection broke ... story, all of which will be due tomorrow, Friday, March 18

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