Argument: Day 2

Class began as usual. The WA for today was students completing some work they started yesterday – delineating an argument about whether or not we are “too wired” by determining the claim, reasons, and evidence. After IR, students had a chance to discuss their ideas with the person sitting next to them, and then we went over them as a class.

For Notebook Thinking, today was four prompt Friday, and the prompts the students could write about if they wanted to are below.

—Begin with these words: I stole this ____ from a dead man.

—NASA is currently working on choosing people to send to Mars. These people will begin a colony up there and will never return to Earth. What do you think of this idea? What do you think it would be like to live there?

—Write about a superhero who means well but is really clumsy and keeps messing stuff up.

—Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?

After writing, students practiced a bit more with delineating an argument. They had the choice of working with a partner or working independently to delineate an argument about how professional athletes are not overpaid. After working for 10 minutes, we talked through the answers.

Next, students received the actual argumentative letter that we have been talking about for so long!

Argumentative Letter Assignment – The Power of Words

Students had time to read through the assignment packet, and then I answered questions. Something important to note about this writing assignment is that it is the FINAL writing assignment for the year, and as such, it should demonstrate to me the skills the students have honed throughout the year. That means that I will not be giving AS MUCH feedback on this piece of writing as I have on all of the other pieces of writing they have done throughout the year because it is time for them to show me what they can do completely on their own. HOWEVER, it is important to note that I will be conferencing with students during this process during class, so I am definitely there to help them through stuckpoints.

We ended class in the library where students worked on completing their speech reflection, and if they had time, they began their homework.

Handout for the homework

Presentation for the homework


  1. Read for 60 minutes.
  2. Complete the grammar notes/practice for WEDNESDAY.
  3. Headphones next week – Thursday through Friday