Strategies In Teaching

Strategies In Teaching

February 5th, 2013

Common Core Lesson: Argumentative Writing

Diana Zipperer is an eighth grade teacher from Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria, Kentucky. Addressing the topic of the influence of advertising in their lives, Ms. Zipperer's students work to complete a graphic organizer that facilitates their development of an organized argument that is substantiated with quotes and evidence.

To begin her lesson, Ms. Zipperer discusses the influence of various forms of media in the lives of her students. To guide them through the necessary elements of the graphic organizer, she first presents her students with an outline of necessary elements in the introductory and body paragraphs of an argumentative essay.

She explains, "In your introductory paragraph you must have your hook. You must say your relationship with the media. You must say the problem the media creates, and you must offer a basic solution."

Ms. Zipperer goes on to explain the purpose of the first body paragraph and a strong thesis statement to her students: "You're going to find your specific details in the body paragraph…Your thesis must explain your relationship with the media, show the problem, and give the solution."

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