Evaluating Arguments

Evaluating Arguments

Reflection on Arguments

Opening

Respond to the question below.

  • What stood out to you about yesterday’s arguments?

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Convention Presentations

Work Time

Listen to your classmates’ presentations carefully.

Evaluate each group according to the rubric you and your class developed together in Lesson 17.

For each character, make notes on the following points.

  • Character’s name
  • Character’s vision of the American Dream
  • Major claims (What are the main points of the presenters' arguments—what are they trying to convince you to believe?)
  • Major evidence and reasoning (How do the presenters support their points?)
  • Counterarguments that are brought up and addressed
  • Questions you have
  • Summary and evaluation (What parts were most convincing and why? Are there major holes in the argument that the presenters didn’t address?)

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Voting and Response

Work Time

  • Take a few minutes to vote for your top two choices of the American Dream, not including the vision your group presented.
  • In your notebook, name each character you are voting for, describe the vision he or she represents, and explain why you are voting for that character’s version of the American Dream.

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Submit your choices to your teacher.

Convention Reflection

Closing

Complete the questions below.

  • How do you think your class did in this convention?
  • What are the major lessons you learned from this assignment?

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When you have finished, share your writing with your teacher.