Students will be able to organize and construct an argument. Students will be able to supply relevant, supporting reasons which connect to a stated claim.
- Point to the covered word card labeled Argue on the board.
- Invite student volunteers to guess the word.
- Uncover one letter at a time, alternating with guessing, until students guess the word.
- Challenge your students, asking them to think about what it means to argue. What might we see? What might we hear?
- Ask the students to discuss their thoughts with a partner.
- Repeat this process with the covered Argument word card, again inviting students to guess the word, followed by a discussion about the word argument.
- Explain to the students that similar to an argument, sometimes we write with the purpose of convincing others to change their mind or behavior.
- Tell the students that today they will be working on building a claim by stating advantages and disadvantages.