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Teaches students to use facts, statistics, anecdotes, and quoted opinions to support an argument. - Some resources created with M. Zjawin
You will need to find news articles that show the different types of support. I recommend using "Current Events," a news magazine targeted for middle schoolers. In the back of each magazine there is a persuasive article that presents both sides of an argument. I had the students identify each type of support within the article BEFORE they created their own "facts," "statistics," etc. Also, I had the students look for the type of evidence that we worked on in class for homework. They were looking for evidence to support and negate the idea of a teen curfew in our local county. You can view the entire project at http://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/19522057112526413/site/default.asp [www.frsd.k12.nj.us].
Each day, the homework assignment on the recording sheet was checked for completion, then informally and orally checked for comprehension. After learning all types of supporting evidence, students needed to write a persuasive argument for or against the teen curfew law that incorporated all types of supporting evidence.