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This thorough, 114-page unit on argumentation and persuasion is aligned with Common Core and also prepares students for the AP English Language & Composition (AP Language & Composition) Exam. Each of the 21 lesson plans includes these elements: Materials Needed, "I Can" Statement, Essential Question, Common Core Standards (except 20 and 21), AP English Language & Composition Standards, Activation of Prior Knowledge, Teacher Input, Student Active Participation, and Summary. Lessons are designed to be facilitated in 90 to 120 minutes.
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Lesson 1: Argumentation vs. Persuasion
Student Handouts A and B
Lesson 2: The Laws of Logic-Deductive Reasoning
Student Handouts C and D
Lesson 3: The Laws of Logic-Inductive Reasoning
Student Handouts E and F
Lesson 4: Logical Fallacies (Part I)
Student Handouts G and H
Lesson 5: Logical Fallacies (Part II)
Student Handout I
Lesson 6: Logical Fallacies (Part III)
Student Handouts J and K
Lesson 7: Classical Argumentation (Part I)
Student Handouts L, M, and N
Lesson 8: Classical Argumentation (Part II)
Student Handout O
Lesson 9: In-Class Persuasive Essay
Student Handout P
Lesson 10: Revisiting Persuasive Appeals
Student Handout Q
Lesson 11: Model Essay: Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia Convention Student Handouts R and S
Lesson 12: Rogerian Argument
Lesson 13: The Toulmin Model
Student Handout T
Lesson 14: Polishing Your Persuasion—Strengthening the Thesis
Student Handouts U and V
Lesson 15: Polishing Your Persuasion—Concession and Refutation
Student Handout W
Lesson 16: Polishing Your Persuasion—Choosing Evidence
Student Handouts X, Y, Z, AA, and BB
Lesson 17: Polishing Your Persuasion--Writing the Introduction and Conclusion
Student Handouts CC, DD, and EE
Lesson 18: Unit Review
Student Handout FF
Lesson 19: Argumentation & Persuasion Assessment
Lesson 20: AP Timed Writing
Lesson 21: Scoring
Student Handout GG
Bonus Material: Researched Persuasive Speech Assignment Sheet and Rubric
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