Lesson Plan

Arguing With Evidence: Deconstructing Arguments Part 1

In the first instructional activity in a two-part series, high schoolers pick a social issue important to them and examine an article about the topic, the arguments and evidence used to support the writer's stance, and craft two counter-arguments to the writer's claim. They then create a visual that represents the central argument and evidence.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to introduce the lesson
  • Keep all materials related to the lesson in the course notebook
Classroom Considerations
  • The first lesson in a two-part series
  • Requires access to devices with internet and projection capability, individual copies of the "Argument Essay Notes" handout, poster boards for each pair of participants, post-it notes, and art supplies
  • A link is provided to the "Sticky Bars" strategy for those unfamiliar with the process
  • Teacher notes offer suggestions for how to approach the lesson
  • None