Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Construct an Argument - Section 2: Guided Practice


Students frequently have trouble choosing a side to support in their opinion paragraph. They often ask if they can say that dams are both good and bad. In this paper, I require that students shoose a side and state their opinion clearly. This is a part of the rubric for the written assignment and is part of the standards (W4.1.a).  

I have found that students often struggle with selecting and writing about their opinion when they have not fully explored the research. If this is the case, I pull a small group of students and help them to complete the stakeholder graphic organizer. This format puts key reasons for each stakeholder's opinion side-by-side. Seeing the research organized in this way can help students clarify their own thinking on the topic.

  Writing Across the Disciplines: Taking a Side
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Construct an Argument

Unit 9: Dams and Hydroelectricity
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: SWBAT clearly state an opinion on the topic of dams and support their opinion with reasons and a call to action.

Big Idea: Students can use research to generate a clear opinion on a controversial topic.

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