Tracing and Evaluating and Argument: Should we Eat Insects?

Tracing and Evaluating and Argument: Should we Eat Insects?
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Think eating bugs sounds disgusting? Your students will too, that is, until they learn more about the practice of entomophagy, or eating insects! This lesson includes several articles on the practice of eating insects and examines the question, "Should insects become a regular part of the human diet?" There are articles that examine both sides of the debate. Your students are tasked with pulling out direct textual evidence for both sides, tracing the arguments of each article/author. Students will even view a "TED Talk" video on the subject and practice accurately paraphrasing important views on the topic. Students are given a booklet to complete their research and gather evidence. Then, students will research an article on their own to support their claim. After much research and reading students will participate in a philosophical chair debate and reflection before writing their essay. The booklet and powerpoint guides students step by step through writing the argumentative essay on a topic that students are sure to feel passionate about! If you are feeling daring, you might even choose to buy a mixed bag of bugs on amazon and have your students try a few. To your surprise, most of them will love it! So go ahead, BUG OUT!
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Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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2 Weeks
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