World Lit: The Counterargument Assignment

Welcome! For the next four days you will be working on The Counterargument Assignment, which is your second (and final) Embedded Assessment for this unit.

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  1. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
  2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
  3. Use words, phrases, and clauses 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 an appropriate style and objective tone.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can develop an argument about an issue that provides evidence and refutes a claim by providing a counterclaim.

Opening Session: Grab your laptops! Remember to get your number!

Work Session: You will have the entire class period for the next three days to work on your Counterargument Assignment. I suggest you spend most of the day researching today. I will take about 45 minutes and show you all how to do your Works Cited, so keep track of where you found your information and do your in-text citations with the author’s last name in parentheses.

Here is your complete Counterargument Assignment handout.

Closing Session: Return your laptops to the cart IN THE RIGHT SLOT WHERE THEY GO!!!

Assessment: Formal (essays will be graded)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Interest (student choice)

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