A Lesson Plan on Assessing Arguments

As I near the end of 2019, I’m developing new materials (e.g. look here, in 2020, for new social studies materials based in Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler’s The Writing Revolution method of instructional design, as well as a new type of vocabulary-building worksheet derived from the Common Core Standard on resolving issues in English usage) while cleaning out some aging folders in my toolbox for this blog.

A couple of days ago I discovered this lesson plan on argumentation that I intended as an assessment of students’ ability to assess arguments and use that assessment either to strengthen the argument or to develop a counterargument. I intended to begin this lesson with this context clues worksheet on the noun treatise. Finally, here is the worksheet at the center of this unit.

If you have used other of the lessons on argumentation I’ve posted over time, then you have some prior knowledge of this unit. I wrote the unit, and I think this lesson has a curiously unfinished quality about it. At some point, I will have an opportunity to review and bring great cohesion to the unit as a whole and to this lesson in particular. So, this material may show up here again in a more-developed form.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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