For this activity, students will draw a card from the pile. On each card there will be two topics, for example, ketchup vs mustard. One of the topics will be in BOLD letters. The topic that is in bold letters is the topic that student must make an argument for. Use the template attached to introduce how students should begin making an argument. Students may use facts they know about their topic and/or their opinion. Once each student has an opportunity to “make an argument” for his/her topic, have the pairs present their arguments to the class. Give the students feedback on how well they construct their arguments so they can begin to see differences between “weak” arguments and “strong” arguments.
***Plus - Have the students complete the exit slip at the end of the activity.
Includes printouts that can be used as classroom posters or handouts and graphic organizers.
Cover several standards - writing arguments and speaking and listening when students present their arguments.