Should Your School Get Rid of Sports?

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SWBAT trace the argument in two pieces of text arguing opposite sides of the same issue.

Big Idea

Controversy here we come...

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.

For example, here are the two I showed today:

I have to second the plug for the second book as I know the author pretty well.  I can't say enough about her as a person, author and resource. She skyped with my students last year and they love her too!

Guided Practice

45 minutes

Today, we are going to work together to "trace an argument". I have chosen a topic that I know will send my students howling!

Over the next two classes, we will read both side of this argument.  I'm starting today with the side that will get them going.

The piece "Should Your School Get Rid of Sports? is from Scholastic Scope's January 1, 2014 issue. It includes two pieces on opposite sides of an issue. I have linked a Preview of page one of the first article here, but as it is for subscribers only cannot include more.  Back issues are available through Scholastic though.

After reading the entire piece together, I will ask students to take a handout from their caddy.  The handout includes six pages because we will be working with the other side of the argument tomorrow, but today, we will complete pages 1-3 with the first article.

To begin, we will read the directions and discuss what it means to "trace the argument". To help students see this, I will ask a student to get behind me and "trace" my steps across the classroom. Then, I will ask if they have ever traced a picture.  We will discuss that it means to follow, and I will help them make the connection to argument by explaining that today, we are going to trace the argument in the piece we just read.

I will display the handout pages on my SMART board and fill them in as we discuss the reasons, evidence, etc. from the piece.  Students will supply the answers, but I will guide them.



Wrap Up

5 minutes

To wrap up class today, students will response to the following in their journal.

Why is it important to be open minded when presenting and listening to anothers argument?