Monday, October 30, 2017

Objective:  Students will consider the arguments their classmates made, determine the quality of the evidence to support the argument, determine the counterargument and whether it was adequately refuted, and respond to someone's analysis of their own posts.

Standards:  SL.9.1C, SL.9.1D (I can respond thoughtfully to someone, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, if necessary, justify my own views and/or make new connections to reach a new understanding)

1.  Students will each be assigned a partner.

2.  Partners will read each other's blog posts containing an editorial on a topic related in some way to "The Gift of the Magi" and/or "The Necklace."

3.  While reading their partners' posts, students will be identifying answers to these questions:

  • What is the writer's opinion?
  • What are the two best pieces of evidence presented to support that opinion?
  • What is the counterargument presented?
  • Is the counterargument adequately refuted? How do you know?

4.  Students might need to read through the post multiple times to gain a clear understanding of what the post is saying.  If that is necessary, do it.

5.  When finished reading and analyzing the post, students should write a comment on the post where they discuss each of the questions above and discuss specific aspects of the text related to those questions.  This will be a summative assessment of students' ability to meet SL.9.1C, where they will "clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions" found in the post.

6.  When finished answering the questions and writing your response to show your understanding of SL.9.1C, you should go to your own blog to see if your partner has completed his/her comment on your post.  If so, you will now complete the second half of the assignment, which deals with SL.9.1D.

7.  As you read your partner's comment about your post, think about what he/she is saying. 

  • Do you agree or disagree with your partner's findings? 
  • Do you need to further explain/justify what you originally wrote in your post? 
  • Are there new connections you can make after reading the comments of your partner?

8.  You will then REPLY to your partner's comment with your "rebuttal" regarding his/her comment.  In your rebuttal (a formative assessment of SL.9.1D), address the questions listed in #7 to respond to your partner.

9.  If you finish with your original comment on your partner's post before he/she comments on your post, you can read the posts of your classmates, but DO NOT add any comments because that will likely lead to confusion.

HOMEWORK:  Finish your rebuttal to the comments made about your post for tomorrow.  Complete the lesson five vocabulary exercises for tomorrow and prepare for the assessment on block day.

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