This is a comprehensive multi-step unit to help students learn to really understand claim and what it means. It teaches the difference between claim and argument based on fact versus opinion. This unit meets all Common Core based reading and writing tasks pertaining to argument/claim and using textual evidence.
When students can tie in claim to the real work and things they see and hear every day, suddenly it gives the idea of claim new meaning! This lesson is a powerful way to get your students to embrace and engage in the idea of claim and to learn to make claims of their own.
1: Teach persuasive techniques used in the advertising world. Use this lesson and transform it into an understanding of claim. Examples of ads and resources provided. Examples of claim and evidence for real world examples included. (Included: Ex. of ads, deconstruction of media form, etc.)
2. Present real world court cases (included in unit). What is the claim the defendant and plaintiff are trying to make? How does he/she make the case (what is the evidence?)?
3: Transition the idea of claim to informational text. Begin with more obvious persuasive pieces where it is more obvious WHAT the message is that the author is trying to “sell” the audience.” Begin establishing the claim and identifying the text based evidence that supports the claim. Article and text based questions included in unit. Also included: links to several FREE resources (lexile level for articles/question sets included) to use in conjunction with these resources.
4: Transition to more complex texts and begin to identify a message the author is sending (his/her claim) and have students identify the evidence from the text. (Use free resource links)
5. Last, select a topic of controversy and either have students research or provide your own resources on the issue. Using the many resources, ask students to make a claim on the topic and to write an argumentative essay based on the evidence in their information sources. (I have provided a topic and rough/final draft sheets you can use). Mini Research Project Included... OR use my forms and select your own topics.