This mini-unit provides both an introduction to and materials with which to practice the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. It is suitable for use in AP Language and Composition and other upper-level English courses, particularly those with a focus in argumentative writing.
The Toulmin Model is an effective and formal way for students to analyze complex, argumentative texts. It allows them to see all the necessary parts of a written argument and to evaluate their persuasiveness and effectiveness.
This unit includes:
*An introductory PowerPoint presentation
*Guided notes for the presentation (with key)
*A practice worksheet for the Toulmin Model (with key)
*A handout suitable for analyzing any complex, argumentative text
*A sample analysis of "Why Blame TV?" by John Leonard for modeling