Lesson: Lambs to Slaughter Persuasive lesson

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Lesson Objective

demonstrate an understanding of persuasive arguments

Lesson Plan

Students should form groups of 2 to present arguments.

Students will identify important quotes from "Lamb to the Slaughter" then use the quotes to write a persuasive essay in the form of a closing argument from a defense attorney.  Students will also use the trait of word choice to strengthen their persuasive arguments.

-look for details in the text to support their closing argument for Mary Maloney’s defense.  write the details in your books.

-They will need to gather at least three quotes from the story that support that their client was of a diminished mental capacity at the time of the crime and is no longer in that state, in order to avoid prison time. (use graphic organizer)

-begin their piece with an introduction to their plea of temporary insanity followed by a paragraph for each of their three quotes, along with an explanation of how each relates to Mrs. Maloney’s plea for temporary insanity. Their ending paragraph can summarize their points and convince the judge/jury that their client should not go to prison for this crime. 

- start the rough draft using drafting worksheet


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