Reflection: Complex Tasks Introduction To Argument Dialogue - Section 3: Group Work


This is a lesson that was changed due to the new objectives from the Common Core. Prior to the CCSS, students created a dialogue but there was no focus or emphasis as to what the dialogue needed to be about. Since the Common Core dictates an emphasis on argumentative writing, I thought this would be a great way for students to practice those skills of making a claim and supporting it. They are able to use notes to support whether or not their research topic was noteworthy. This lesson really encompasses many skills the Common Core asks students to master: research, argumentative writing, and main ideas/key details. It's really beneficial to try and find those moments in each unit where a teacher can cover different skills.

Another bonus is that I notice many eighth graders love to argue. This is a great way to keep them to argue, with teacher guidance of course. Many student wants to prove a point right away. They are already hooked into the lesson because they can activate their love of arguing. I remind students that yes they are arguing but they are arguing to prove a point.

  Change Due To Common Core
  Complex Tasks: Change Due To Common Core
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Introduction To Argument Dialogue

Unit 6: Research Paper: Influential Lives Part II
Lesson 1 of 14

Objective: SWBAT write an argumentative dialogue using support from research.

Big Idea: Who is more noteworthy? Use research to make a claim.

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