AP Lang: Position Paper!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can write an argumentative paper on a topic of my choice.

Opening Session:  VOCAB!

  1. —Animosity
    1. —(noun) strong dislike; bitter hostility
  2. —Apathy
    1. —(noun) a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
  3. —Apprehensive
    1. —(adj.) fearful or anxious, especially about the future
  4. —Commend
    1. —(verb) to praise, express approval; to present as worthy of attention; to commit to the care of
  5. —Compatible
    1. —(adj.) able to get along or work well together; capable of use with some other model or system
  6. —Condolence
    1. —(noun) an expression of sympathy
  7. —Consecrate
    1. —(verb) to make sacred, hallow; to set apart for a special purpose
  8. —Decrepit
    1. —(adj.) old and feeble; worn-out, ruined
  9. —Deride
    1. —(verb) to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
  10. —Ingenuous
    1. —(adj.) innocent, simple; frank, sincere
  11. —Multifarious
    1. —(adj.) having great variety; numerous and diverse
  12. —Obsolete
    1. —(adj.) out-of-date, no longer in use
  13. —Omniverous
    1. —(adj.) eating every kind of food; eagerly taking in everything, having a wide variety of tastes
  14. —Parsimonious
    1. —(adj.) stingy, miserly; meager, poor, small
  15. —Quandary
    1. —(noun) a state of perplexity or doubt
  16. —Recalcitrant
    1. —(adj.) stubbornly disobedient, resisting authority
  17. —Reprisal
    1. —(noun) injury done in return for injury
  18. —Revel
    1. —(verb) to take great pleasure in
    2. —(noun) a wild celebration
  19. —Stultify
    1. —(verb) to make ineffective or useless, cripple; to have a dulling effect on
  20. —Suave
    1. —(adj.) smoothly agreeable or polite; pleasing to the senses—

Work Session:

You guys are going to start working on an argumentative research paper today! Go ahead and grab a laptop, and let’s talk about the paper requirements!

I want everyone to be researching and writing about an issue they care about, so I am not going to limit your topic choice. I want everyone to take a second to consider issues they care about and that they think are important – I’m looking for big things, guys. School uniforms are small potatoes. Inherent sexism in dress codes? There ya go!

The requirements of your essay will be based on the argumentative writing standard, so let’s take a moment to go over that:

ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
  4. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Finally, by the end of the day today, I would like for you to turn in the colored square I gave you with your name and your topic written on it, as well as a thesis statement for your paper. We will be researching and working on these all week.

Closing Session: Share out our topic choices!

Assessment: Formal (Essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding); Product (Choice)

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; ABR2 due Thursday 3/29

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