Argument Is Everywhere: Introduction to Argument

C.E.R = Claim + Evidence + Reasoning. That's the framework behind building a solid piece of argument writing. Introduce young writers to this format with an engaging lesson plan that uses YouTube videos and a PowerPoint to illustrate the process.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups apply the C.E.R. process to the two Comic Sans videos
  • Direct learners to answer the questions of who is the intended audience, why the TED Talk format for the first video, why the Bruno Marks "Uptown Funk" vibe for the second, and why the tone used in each
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the video to determine if the language is appropriate for your class
  • Requires a projection device for the PowerPoint and internet for the video
Pros
  • The videos for and against Comic Sans are sure to engage viewers
Cons
  • None
Common Core