Building Evidence-Based Arguments: “What is the virtue of a proportional response?”

High schoolers investigate the dilemma of a proportional response with a lesson about the history of terrorism and militant extremists in the United States. As they examine memos from the FBI and speeches from Presidents Bush and Obama, class members build a comprehensive grasp on the issue and eventually writes an argumentative essay with textual evidence on the issue. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create citations as a class of the sources immediately after reading in order to help with a works cited page
  • Consider constructing free-form stations for your class as they work on their papers to help you keep track of writers and where they are in the writing process
Classroom Considerations

  • May require a lesson that builds prior knowledge on world events
Pros

  • Resource offers an incredible list of mixed media supplementals to support learning
  • Material extends to social studies 
  • Easy to differentiate instruction
Cons

  • None