Today is Free Read Friday. (The link here takes will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining Free Read Friday.) Students will read their personal library books for the first 15 minutes of class.
Today, we will continue what I introduced yesterday and brainstorm topic ideas for argument writing. Again, this is all about exposing students to information and ideas, so through Edmodo I will link students to several sites for a variety of ideas topics they would think of such as -
Pro/Con.org's college or not? (There are several others on this site, but I want to link to specific debate pieces on this site due to content concerns I've mentioned before in a previous lesson.)
New York Times -200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
New York Times Upfront Magazine's (for students) Debate Archives
Lastly, local issues are great, so if your local newspaper has an online site link to the editorial content. If a local paper isn't the best source, look to the nearest large city for material.
I will give students TIME (this is the important part - they need time). I'll allow them to browse the sites and discuss at tables as I move about the room facilitating.
To wrap up class today, I will have them revisit the journal entry from yesterday to look at their previous thinking. Then, I'll tell students to (based on what they wrote yesterday and what they discovered today) list three possible topics for their own argument piece in order of preference 1-3 with a reason for choosing each.
Students will leave this in the caddy for me to collect and review.