Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Cuplae poena par esto: Let the punishment fit the crime."

Should a criminal's punishment match the crime? An argumentative writing plan explores this question as class members investigate a variety of mixed-medium sources by experts in the field, form evidence-based claims, and support them with synthesized textual evidence. Concluding with a written response, novice writers become experts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider pairing the passages within the lessons with specific reading strategies for comprehension and analysis skills
  • Have your pupils read the selections in groups to collaboratively work together to make meaning of difficult vocabulary, organization, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource recommends that your class keep a portfolio throughout the unit; make sure there is space in the classroom to store them
  • The ninth mini-unit in a series of ten
Pros

  • Supplemental list is challenging and provides a variety of perspectives
  • Instructional notes are detailed and helpful
  • Assessment suggestions at the end of the unit offer flexibility to meet the needs of your individual class
Cons

  • None