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Lesson Objective: Students will be able to …

-Defend their own position on a topic.

-Justify their claims through reasoning and evidence.
-Participate in discussions on different topics while building onto others’ ideas and expressing their own
-Respond to specific questions with detail by making comments that contribute to the topic , text, or issue
under discussion.
-Present claims and evidence, putting ideas in a logical order and using relevant descriptions, facts and
details to make clear main ideas or themes.

Common Core Standards:

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to
the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and
evidence from claims that are not.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details
to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated
or appropriate. (See grade 6 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

Lesson Tasks/Activities:

(5 minutes) -- Warm up: Fluency

(50 minutes) -- Lesson Activities:

Intro Argumentative Writing Unit:
• Take a stance Activity
• Students chose yes or no (or stand in the middle) and after a small group
discussion a couple explain their reasoning.
Take a Stance
Yes<--In the middle--> No
Argumentative Questions
Be prepared to briefly explain your reasoning after a couple minutes of quick group

1. Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

2. Would You Consider Deleting Your Social Media Account? (i.e. Facebook, Instagram,
3. Do Apps Help You or Just Waste Your Time?
4. Are Digital Photographs Too Plentiful to Be Meaningful?
5. Can a GIF Work Better Than Words?
6. Are the Web Filters at Your School Too Restrictive?
7. Does Technology in the Classroom Ever Get in the Way of Learning?
8. Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools?
9. Should Sports Be Coed?
10. Is Cheerleading a Sport?
11. Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?
12. How Young Is Too Young for an iPhone? 5---10---15
13. At What Age Should Children Be Allowed to Go Places Without Adult Supervision?
14. Do Kids Need Recess?
15. Should the School Day Start Later?
16. Do People Complain Too Much?
17. Should the Private Lives of Famous People Be Off Limits?
18. Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
19. Are School Dress Codes a Good Idea?
20. Do We Still Need Libraries?

• Argumentative Writing 4 squares together (Explanation & Introduction to the

• Computers are a great invention.
• Or a topic they seem really engaged with during activity.
• Exit Ticket