CREATING YOUR OWN SCHOOL MASCOT
GOAL: Students work together to create a new school mascot based on local community and school profile/demographic information. Students will then create a logical argument paragraph explaining the mascot they chose, and why it will be a good choice to have as a new school mascot. The class can vote on the best new school mascot based on information presented by students.
When teaching students to use logical reasoning in their arguments and to provide relevant evidence to support their reasoning, students should begin with simple problems and appropriate scaffolding. When students begin with simple, concrete problems and begin to understand the criteria for making judgments, they are provided the support they need.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
• RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (Read community/school profile to figure out what is important to the community to come up with new mascot)
• RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
• RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
• W.6.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
• W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
• W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
• SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
• SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
• SL.6.3 Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
• SL.6.4 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.
• SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.