Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Do we have a civic duty to help people who are less fortunate? A thought-provoking resource challenges learners to think about topics such as relative and abject poverty, social responsibility, and charity versus philanthropy. After understanding the issues and analyzing various perspectives, scholars work toward a final argumentative essay that synthesizes textual evidence from the sources the class reads together.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend instruction by having class members volunteer in the community and work with those less fortunate
  • Publish editorials in the school newspaper expressing pupils' opinions
Classroom Considerations
  • Struggling readers may need extra support with the texts
  • Resource is the last in a series of ten
  • Supplementals include a variety of perspectives 
  • Provides multiple evidence-based strategies per lesson
  • Material is relevant and reinforces character education
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