This is a lesson I created to meet the multi media component of the CCLS. In this lesson, students will watch the movie, "Remember the Titans" or any other football movie of your choice. I used class time opposite the State Assessment days to give the kids a little break.
Upon completion of the movie, students will choose a thesis or claim: "Football is Too Dangerous for Kids" or "Football is Important for Kids". Based on their preference, students will choose an article to read and gather evidence. One article is included and the other article is given a link to download.
The students will complete a graphic organizer gathering evidence from both the movie and article. Then, students will complete an outline for the essay. The outline is very detailed in explaining the expectations for each paragraph. It shows where to cite evidence and how to explain their use of evidence. It further explains how to address a counterclaim and create a refutation for alternate perspectives.
Then, the students will use their outline to write a four paragraph essay. The writing portion of this tasks takes approximately two class periods.