What's your Counterpoint? - Secrets of Robust Disagreement

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Counterpoint, disagreement Now a BESTSELLER - thanks to so many who value the art of kindness and rigor of mindfulness!


Few students know how to disagree well- yet they love to debate and questions when given tools to do so.

Middle, secondary and college students love to create outlines that double as a tool for writing opposing view essays. They are given many cheat sheets here in the form of samples - that show opposing views embedded in kind, yet rigorous disagreement.

Students are encouraged to navigate opposing view communication here as a way to expand their own understanding and engage a wider audience.

A sample opposing view outline is included to show students how to support facts on two opposite sides of their essay topics.

Step-by-step and ready-t-go tasks guide leaders to create outlines that enable their points and counterpoints to weave wonder together in ways that build curiosity for both sides of their essay topic.

Find graphic organizers for your class to brainstorm interesting supports on opposite sides of their topics. They will earn points (in an included rubric) that supports key Issues and engages writers to edit their own work.

In addition, students will find numerous charts where they will build their own writing in a step-by-step manner.

Reflection tasks and opportunities help students to grow and develop ideas they love to investigate. They'll consider -

1. What they learned on each side of their topic as they wrote their outline.

2. How will readers who hold views on each side of the topic learn more from the opposing views in their essays.

Common Core Standards Addressed include:

English Language Arts Standards >> Writing >> Grades 9-10
Text Types and Purposes
1. Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
o Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

o Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

o Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

o Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

o Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.

Enjoy these opposing view writing materials - and do contact me for any further support - at eweber1@frontiernet.net

Hopefully these ready-to-roll brain-based materials will benefit your learners and leaders as they do mine at middle, secondary, university levels and beyond.

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If you have any further questions about how to get the most from this product, please do contact me at eweber1@frontiernet.net and I’ll be glad to help further.

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Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset
Total Pages
54 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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