Saturday, January 2, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Announcements and Reminders:

Second Term ends on January 12.
The last day to hand in late, revised, or extra credit work is January 6.

  • The post-test on argument terms will be next time. 
  • The test on all of your second term spelling words will be on this Thursday/Friday. 
             (See the tab on this blog for Spelling 2015-2016.)

Targets for Today:

Students will recognize the parts of an argument essay, and be able to write a basic argument essay.

Today’s  Agenda:

argument writing

a type of writing that states a position on a topic and defends it

1. Think and Write: Prewrite and Write 

A Burning Issue!
Write this in your composition book under "Notes and Quickwrites."

  • Choose one of the claims below.
  • Copy it.
  • List at least three reasons why it is true.
  • Write a thesis sentence using your claim and reasons.  
  • Begin writing an argument essay to support the claim you chose.

It is a mistake to let children believe in Santa Claus.
Kids' belief in Santa Claus is healthy. 

2. Look at an Example  of an Argument Essays 

Model Essays on other subjects to review:

3. Collect Ideas for Issues You Could Write About 

Other issues:
Laws requiring bike helmets?
school should have less homework
school lunches should  be improved
school should start later (or earlier)
school days should be longer or shorter
there should be less (or more) school days
public school should be abolished
everyone should be required to eat broccoli?!
parents should not require their children to eat vegetables
refugees -- allowed into our country -- yes or no?
spelling should not be taught in school -- or should
BYU  or University of Utah is a better place to go to school
BYU  or University of Utah has a better sports program
age passports required
allowed to take food and drink into theaters
Is it wrong to take your own food and drink into theaters?
Our government should be more limited?
Our government should do more to take care of the people.
There should be a swimming pool at the school.
Kids (after age -- ) should be allowed to vote.

Other issues:
Later start time for school?
giving gifts to friends at school?
Valentines Day banned at school?
PDA at school?
prison and gun ownership?
teachers required to enforce school rules?
gum in class?
food in class?
later starting time for school
required to go to school?
cell phones at school?
longer weekends -- three or four day school/work week
Friday early-out

Other issues:
School Uniforms? 

Other issues:
Cell phones at school? 

 (Receive a list of transitions.) 

Transition Words and Phrases for Effective Writing Writing ...

4. Your argument essay graphic organizer : 
Use two pieces of paper.  
Fold them in half (hamburger-wise) together.  Leave one inside the other and place one staple to hold them together. 
Collect two  or more ideas for a CLAIM with three reasons why it is true. (prewriting)
Fold up this part.
Your Chosen Claim and Reasons written as a Thesis Sentence
Introduction Paragraph  (Hook,  Background Knowledge,   Thesis Sentence with Reasons)

Body Paragraph: Reason #1 why your claim is true  with EVIDENCE AND ELABORATION (WARRANT)
Possible  transitions:

Body Paragraph: Reason #12why your claim is true  with EVIDENCE AND ELABORATION (WARRANT)
Possible  transitions:

Body Paragraph: Reason #3 why your claim is true  with EVIDENCE AND ELABORATION (WARRANT)
Possible  transitions:

Body Paragraph: COUNTERCLAIM  with refutation (why it is not true or not important)
Possible  transitions:

Possible  transitions:

If You Were Absent:
See above.