I hope that each of you had a fantastic weekend! I know that many of you went to prom, and I hope that it was as amazing as you had envisioned it to be. We only have about four weeks left of class. Your class debates this past week were rather wonderful! I am truly proud of each of you! We did not get to the midterm or its review last week, as your debates took up a lot more time than originally anticipated. We will review this week, as well as have your midterms on Wednesday.
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
Common Core Standards:
R.1, 2, 8, and 10.
S/L.1, 2, and 3.
W.1,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10.
What is the purpose of a debate?
How should a debate look using the Lincoln Douglas format?
Why are debates imperative for understanding and reaching new mediums?
How does research affect arguments and their claims?
Monday: Finish up the remaining few class debates, begin reviewing for class midterm on Wednesday. Overview: Today, we will focus on finishing up the final round of class debates. In addition, students will also begin making their review notes for their midterm on Wednesday. Outcomes: By the end of class, all class debates will be completed, and students will begin feeling more prepared for their midterm. Homework: Review for midterm.
Tuesday: Discuss class debates, write reflections on the process of the class debates, begin reviewing and discussing Toulmin, as well as how it was and was not used effectively in class debates. Finally, students will review again for their midterm. Overview: Today’s class will focus on understanding the first set of class debates, as well as reviewing what went well and what needs improvement. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be more well versed in Toulmin’s model, as well as understand how it can be used to create better debates. Homework: Finish reviewing for midterm.
Wednesday: Class Midterm, and begin introduction and research for second class debate. Overview: Today will be focused on students be assessed on their understanding of all essential ideas and terminology they have learned so far. If there is time remaining, students will also begin learning about their second debate assignments. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be able to demonstrate how much they have truly learned throughout this semester as they take their class midterm. Homework: None.
Thursday: Review second class debate assignments and format, and begin research, in groups, for second class debate. Overview: Students will use today to familiarize themselves with their second in class debates, as well as begin researching them. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will understand their new debate assignment, pick their topics, and begin effectively researching. Homework: None.
Friday: Discuss topics and research so far on second debate topics, continue research, and begin creating an overview and outline for their arguments. If there is time, students will conduct CT research. Overview: Today’s class is a continuation of yesterday’s class, as it focuses on students continue to do research on their new debate topics. In addition, they will also begin mapping out their arguments. Outcomes: Students will have successfully of found and cited several academic sources for their debates. Students will also have successfully begun mapping out their argument. Homework: Continue researching topics.