This packet is the first of five packets related to writing an argumentative essay based on the topic: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools? We work with High School students and found it easier to generate packets, so the students stay organized. We utilized an awesome website: http://www.procon.org to generate our year long lesson plans focused on this topic.
Packet #1 is titled: Gathering Information to Support a Claim. We included the Common Core Standards targeted throughout this packet. We also included a variety of graphic organizers that can be utilized in order to gather relevant information in an organized manner.
The KWL chart stands for "What the student Knows", "Wants to Know", and "Learned". Since we felt that this topic was really two subtopics we prompted our students to utilize a Venn Diagram to organize the information on "What they Know" related to the topics of "Tablets" and "Textbooks". The KWL chart and the Venn Diagram were all used as a way to prompt conversation related to the topic without doing any formal research. This provided us with an opportunity to engage in an oral discussion with our students.
The next part that we focused on was organizing the information we already know, related to the topic, as pro or con. For example we provide T-charts within this packet so the students can further organize their information/ details that are pro or con in relation to tablets.
We then adapted the given cartoon from the website in order to get students focus on the strategy of interpretation. This is similar to what might be asked of them on a potential DBQ essay for Global/ U.S. History regents. The student is expected to look at the cartoon, and based on details from the picture, determine what the author's opinion on whether tablets should replace textbooks or not. This cartoon can be used as a resource when writing the argumentative essay.
As another way to gather information related to the topic of Tablets versus Textbooks, we adapted a graph that was provided from the website. We generated questions that are a mix of basic and higher-order questions in order to focus the students attention on details from the graph. Again, the information obtained from the graph could be used in the students essay as supporting details.
The last section of this packet focused on the students ability to take notes based on information presented orally and visually. Again, we found this video through the website and felt that it was important to provide a graphic organizer to help the students take notes. The hope is that they would use a resource like this within their academic classes to help them take notes, stay organized, and remain an active listener throughout lessons taught in their major academic classes.
The students really enjoyed this packet as a resource to gather a variety of information related to the topic while utilizing different graphic organizers.
We have also included a lesson plan that focuses on many of the strategies and language underpinnings students need to write a coherent and comprehensive argumentative essay.
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Common Core Packets Bundle Tablets versus Textbooks