Reflection: Student Ownership Fine Tuning the Claim and Evidence to Respond to an Essential Question - Section 2: Independent Research and Writing


Days like today can be exhausting.  Since I am allowing the students to choose their own direction and pace, I have to be mentally ready to take on any issue that a student may have about their presentation and/or their essay.  Ugh.  It can be difficult to keep things straight in my head. Also some students are trying to work out their ideas.  I don't want to give them a topic but help them clarify their own ideas and determine how to answer their questions. This is an example from a final presentation on What is a higher power? I hope that it is clear that these were the student's conclusions and not my opinion coming out of a student's mouth. 

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Fine Tuning the Claim and Evidence to Respond to an Essential Question

Unit 10: Cultural Visions: Researching Responses to Essential Questions
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT write an argumentative essay to answer an essential question by developing claims and counterclaims and supporting them with evidence.

Big Idea: Students work to refine their claim and organize their evidence into a reasonable argument.

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English / Language Arts, pacing, Research Writing and Practices, claims, argument (Composition), independent work, Essential Questions, Student Teacher Writing Conference, Writing Stamina
  50 minutes
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