Argument vs. Informational - Part 1

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SWBAT compare two texts to see how their purposes differ.

Big Idea

I can't see the forest for the trees!

Warm Up

5 minutes

To open class today, I will ask students to look back at their handout from the past two days and create a list in their journal of the keys to argument.

After they write for a few minutes, I will ask for volunteers to share as I list their ideas on the SMART board.

Students should say:

opinion or claim 


support/evidence that the reasons are good

opposing or counter claim

Then, I'll tell students that their challenge today is to read two pieces and determine which is simply informational and which is argument.


45 minutes

Students will read two texts today independently.  As they read I will ask them to consider this question -   What is the author's point/purpose? We will do more with this tomorrow.

I want students to fly solo with this task, but also want to give them a little nudge, so after each reading they will complete a multiple choice/short response for each Delicious or Deadly and Head Trauma to help them focus on certain aspects of the reading.

The first piece, "Delicious or Deadly?", is from Scholastic Scope's January 2012 issue. I have linked a preview of the title page and first page of text here, but as it is for subscribers only cannot include more.  Back issues are available through Scholastic though. 

The second piece "Head Trauma" from Scholastic Scope's October 2011 issue.  I have linked a preview of the title page and first page of text here as well so you can get an idea of the text I am using.

Wrap Up

5 minutes

As many students may not be finished, I will allow students to work until the end of the period but at this point, will tell them that both articles are available on Edmodo and those who do not have access should pick up a copy at the end of the day.  They can complete their work at home so they are prepared for class discussion tomorrow.