Welcome to Argument Theory and Practice. This is an English Honors elective course. We will look at different ways to view, deconstruct, and craft arguments in different mediums. We will be covering a wide array of topics throughout the semester. In order to do well in this class, it is imperative that you do all assigned readings and work given, on time, in order to ensure that you are able to keep up with classroom discussions and debates.
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
North Carolina Common Core Standards:
R.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R.6. Assess how purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
R.8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
S/L.1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
S/L.2.Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
S/L.3. Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
W.1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
W.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
W.7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
W.8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
W.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Essential Questions for the week: Why do we argue? What do we argue? How do we argue?
Monday: Getting to know the class, review the syllabus, and fill out contact information and questionnaire. Overview: Today students will get to know one another, as well as the requirements to be successful in this class. Outcomes: By the end of the day, all students will be aware of class expectations and requirements to be successful. Homework: Get syllabus signed.
Tuesday: Everything is an Argument PowerPoint, Thank you for Arguing passage, Anticipation Guide, and Ted Talk. Overview: Students come to see argumentation as an unavoidable force that affects their lives on a daily basis. Outcomes: Students will be able to identify many forms of argumentation that exist in their day-to-day lives. Students will be able to define argumentation (as it applies to academics). Homework: Complete list of all arguments over the next 24 hours.
Wednesday: Homework review, Group activity: The Need for Argumentation, Synthesize answers and present results. Overview: OK, so arguments are everywhere. But why should students care? In this lesson, students begin to uncover the need for argumentation in their personal lives as well as the greater society. Outcomes: Students will be able to identify the role that argumentation plays in the 21st century citizen and the modern democracy. Homework: None
Thursday: Presentations continued, Classroom discussion, Socratic questions to consider, and journal activity. Overview: A continuation from yesterday: OK, so arguments are everywhere. But why should students care? In this lesson, students begin to uncover the need for argumentation in their personal lives as well as the greater society. Outcomes: A continuation from yesterday: Students will be able to identify the role that argumentation plays in the 21st century citizen and the modern democracy. Homework: None.
Friday: Journal Sharing from yesterday, Lecture: 5 Types of Claims, Class Activity: looking at claims, Group Activity: labeling claims, and Journal writing. Overview: Once students have identified the relevancy and importance of argumentation in their everyday lives, they will begin to explore what people argue. Their first lesson will be on the types of claims that people use and the role that verb tense plays in those claims. Outcomes: Students will understand and identify the five major types of claims. Students will understand and explain the relevancy of the three tenses in argumentation. Homework: Engage in meaningful arguments throughout the weekend and reflect.