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Oh, Yeah?!: Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out
     

Oh, Yeah?!: Putting Argument to Work Both in School and Out

by Michael Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 032504290X

ISBN-13: 9780325042909

Pub. Date: 08/24/2012

Publisher: Heinemann

Because everything is an argument

"In this book, we'll argue that you can teach the writing of argument so that students will not only exceed the Common Core State Standards, but also be prepared for a future as students and citizens." Michael Smith, Jeffrey Wilhelm, and James Fredricksen

The Common Core

Overview

Because everything is an argument

"In this book, we'll argue that you can teach the writing of argument so that students will not only exceed the Common Core State Standards, but also be prepared for a future as students and citizens." Michael Smith, Jeffrey Wilhelm, and James Fredricksen

The Common Core State Standards are an argument that "students' ability to write sound arguments on substantive topics and issues . . . is critical to college and career readiness."

This book is an argument. Oh, Yeah?! will persuade you that it is an ideal resource for helping you teach argument writing to adolescents. And not just any arguments, but the kinds of substantive ones the real-world demands.

"We believe," write Michael Smith, Jeffrey Wilhelm, and James Fredricksen, "that instruction directed to improve student performance on standards-based assessments MUST be the most powerful and engaging instruction we can possibly offer." To that end they fill Oh, Yeah?! with proven lessons for writing, reading, and discussing arguments that you can use right now. In addition, they provide ideas for how to create instructional contexts that maximize the power of those lessons through a compelling framework that will help you create your own lessons and units in the future.

Life may be a series of arguments, but your decision about how to teach argument writing needn't be complicated. Trust Smith, Wilhelm, and Fredricksen, use Oh, Yeah?! in your classroom, and give students an argument for meeting-and exceeding-the Common Core standards.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325042909
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/24/2012
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
577,451
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 Why Teach This Way? The Theory Behind the Practice

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Why Argument? 2

Why the Common Core State Standards? 6

So What Do the CCSS Say About Argument? 8

Implications for Planning and Practice 9

Chapter 2 Thinking About the Structure of an Effective Argument 11

Turning to Toulmin 12

Claims

Data

Warrants and Backing

Rebuttals, Qualifiers, and Responses

Implications for Planning and Practice 18

Chapter 3 Five Kinds of Knowledge, Five Kinds of Composing: The Foundations of Our Practice 19

The Inquiry Square: The Importance of Procedural Knowledge 20

Declarative Knowledge of Form

Declarative Knowledge of Substance

Procedural Knowledge of Form

Procedural Knowledge of Substance

Beyond the Inquiry Square: The Importance of Context 25

A Note on Reading 28

Five Kinds of Composing 28

Composing to Practice

Composing to Plan

First Draft Composing

Final Draft Composing

Composing to Transfer

Implications for Planning and Practice 35

Part 2 Into the Classroom: Lesson Ideas

Chapter 4 Making Argument Matter in the Here and Now 37

Chapter 5 Introducing the Elements of Argument 48

Introducing Toulmin's Model 48

Through Talk

Through Ads

Focusing on the Elements of the Model 55

Claims

Data

Determining What's Safe

Thinking About Targeting Data to Your Audience

Generating Data

Warrants

Preparing for and Responding to Anticipated Arguments

Chapter 6 Putting It Together in Simulations and Debates 67

An Argument for Simulations and Debates 67

Thinking About Planning 72

Chapter 7 Teaching Argument Through the Study of Literature and Reading 22

Interpretive Analyses of Individual Texts 78

Claims

Data

Warrants

Making Judgments About Characters and Their Actions 87

Writing Arguments About Ideas 99

Evaluative Arguments 106

Chapter 8 Focusing on Form 113

Developing Sentence Sense 113

Thinking About Organization 121

Chapter 9 A Few Words About Assessment 125

In-Class Assessments 125

Large-Scale Assessments 127

Chapter 10 Embracing the Challenge 132

The Five Kinds of Knowledge 133

The Five Kinds of Composing 134

Appendix: Unit Example 137

Works Cited 145

Index 153

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