This one week long (or more!) argumentative writing mini-unit focuses on utilizing a popular topic, sports and participation trophies, to spark informal dialogue and debate as well as claim/counterclaim exploration through article and rhetoric study. Examining connections between students’ life experiences and the rewards they receive compared to the effort they put forth, students are given many opportunities throughout this mini-unit to discuss their positions with peers. These conversations and informal writings combined with an analysis of the differing viewpoints present in several articles help students to better understand opposing viewpoints, both written and oral, as well as defend their own with sound and supported reasoning.
This resource is perfect for 8th graders about to take the state writing test or older high school students looking to practice for the ACT writing test!
Big Ideas: What is “The Trophy Syndrome” and how is it impacting young people in modern society? What ramifications might “The Trophy Syndrome” have on young people’s futures?
Annotate complex texts
Read to understand multiple perspectives on an issue
Come to terms with opposing views
Develop a new line of thinking in response to the limits of other texts
Construct a logical line of reasoning in an argumentative essay
Revise for more effective commentary
This product contains:
A step by step (day by day), detailed lesson plan for teachers
A 36 slide Google Slides interactive presentation with four scaffolded argumentative writing activities (great for visual learners!)
A bonus rhetorical analysis assignment that allows students to practice annotation techniques and gathering evidence for their arguments
A helpful graphic organizer for writing a claim and gathering evidence
Notes: You must have a Google account to view my products. These products were created in Google Docs and Google Slides. I have included links to suggested texts to use with the unit to help students gather evidence to support their arguments.