Reflection: Debate Evaluating Evidence and Analyzing Characters in Chapter 4 - Section 1: Evaluating Evidence to Support a Claim


Making the switch from persuasion to argument can be tough.  Persuasion relies on emotion, whereas argument relies on logic. I'm not one hundred percent happy with the questions that I wrote for this assignment. I'm sure that next year I'll look back at these questions and cringe.

I think this question about whether or not Haymitch believes Peeta or Katniss can win is fine as it is.  This question had lots of room for interpretation and argument.  Students could pick a side and choose the evidence that best supported their claim that Haymitch does or does not believe they can win.

This question, about Peeta and kindness, was decent. I believe this question was inspired by a  question in one of the teacher guide books, but I don't remember which one.  Basically, this question boils down to why Peeta does the things he does. Is he doing them to be kind?  Or is he doing them to get an advantage in the Games? Next year, I'll rewrite this question.  Perhaps as "Does Peeta's actions reveal him to be kind person or is he merely using a strategy to win the Games?"

I'm not quite sure what I was going after with this question.  Perhaps an important plot points? To check reading comprehension? It certainly doesn't do anything for argument, at least the way it's written.  I could change it to "What are the two most important things Katniss does to save her family's life?"  That would be more in line with argument writing.

This is the first time I've taught The Hunger Games. Like I said at the beginning of this reflection, I'm sure I'll look back at some of the things I did and cringe, but the first time you teach a novel, short story, or anything?  It's kinda messy.  Perfection takes time, if it ever happens.  The teaching that I do, including the questions I ask, constantly evolves. So perhaps I shouldn't cringe.  Perhaps I should just be grateful that I am evolving as a teacher.

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Evaluating Evidence and Analyzing Characters in Chapter 4

Unit 12: Novel Study: The Hunger Games
Lesson 7 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to cite several pieces of evidence to describe a character's traits by evaluating specific quotes and explaining reasoning.

Big Idea: In which we learn that one's argument is only as good as one's evidence.

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