American Lit: The Newspaper Debate

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can analyze how concessions and refutations can be used to refute an opposing argument.

Opening Session: Share Out! What do you think about newspapers in modern society? When was the last time you read a physical newspaper? What do you think of the decline of print news?

Work Session: Today we’re going to read the first of two articles for this activity, “How the Rise of the Daily Me Threatens Democracy.” This is an argumentative article about newspapers, technology, and how one is slowly destroying the other. As we read, I want you to highlight details that show reasoning and evidence. I’ll pass around the highlighters – grab 2 colors, one for reasoning, one for evidence.

After we read, I want you guys to complete the Second Read questions, and then we will fill in the chart on page 219 together.

Closing Session: Flip to page 220 and look at the Literary Terms box in the sidebar. Consider the given definitions of Concession and Refutation – remember those for tomorrow!!

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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