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Curated Lesson Resources- Argumentative Writing

Should states ban junk food in schools? |

Description: This is an argumentative article discussing if schools should ban junk food.
Rationale: This article about junk food in schools serves as a mentor text for students and is an interesting way to introduce this new genre of writing. Also, this topic is something that many students will find intriguing.
(this resource is for practice)

Parts of an Argument

Description: This is a YouTube video discussing the main parts of argumentative writing.
Rationale: This video provides a great introduction to the main parts of an argument. It is a good tool for my visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners because I would have take notes over the different and new vocabulary words as they listen and watch.

Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them? (Ep. 223) - Freakonomics Freakonomics

Description: This is a podcast discussing whether or not kids should pay their parents back for raising them.
Rationale: I think that students will find this argument very interesting. It is a longer podcast, so we may only listen to part of it, but the topic is relevant and I would have students decide whether the man makes a good argument or not and what exactly that means. There are also quotes to read on the website and students could look at those.
(This resource is for practice)

What Are In-Text Citations?

Description: This video explains what in-text citations are.
Rationale: The students will be using articles to support their claim and they need to know how to cite the source, so this source will be very helpful to them.

What’s the point of school uniforms? - Short & Curly - ABC Radio

Description: This is a podcast directed towards the middle school age discussing school uniforms and whether or not schools should require them.
Rationale: This resource is great to build listening skills. This will be the main argumentative topic for students to write about in their final paper. After listening to the podcast, I will have students write their claim and then go to the side of the room (yes or no for school uniforms) that represents their claim. They will have to give me a reason why based off of one thing they gathered from the podcast.

Reasons Why Kids Should Wear Uniforms to School

Description: This is an article discussing why uniforms are a good idea.
Rationale: This is for students to use as a resource if it agrees with the claim they made. It could also be used as a counterclaim!

The Downsides of School Uniforms | The New Yorker

Description: Mark Oppenheimer writes about the rise in popularity of school uniforms, and whether uniform policies positively or negatively affect students.
Rationale: This is a resource for students to cite in their argumentative writing if they choose to use it. It focuses more on the con side of the argument.

What's the point of school uniform? | Education | The Guardian

Description: In this article, a 15 year old student describes why she wouldn't get rid of her school's uniforms.
Rationale: This is another resource in which students can gather information for their essay. It sides more with the pro-school-uniform claim.

School uniforms are rapidly on the rise at US public schools — Quartzy

Description: This is an article discussing school uniforms specifically in the US.
Rationale: I think this is a good resource because it includes statistics. It also discusses the design process of the uniforms, which is new and different from the other resources. I want students to have many sources to choose from for this assignment.

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva

Description: Canva allows students to use their creativity to design a poster.
Rationale: This is perfect for this assignment because students can make their poster for or against school uniforms. I would probably have students do this in partners or groups with someone with the same claim of course.