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The ability to analyze an argument is a skill emphasized by the Common Core standards. Offer your class an opportunity to develop and hone their skills by providing them the testimonies in an Oregon court case. After reading the facts of the situation, high schoolers examine the statements of the accused and the arresting officer. Individuals then adopt the point of view of the police chief, a liberal civil rights leader, a defense psychologist, or the prosecution psychologist, and development an argument that supports an interpretation of the evidence from this point of view.
The challenge of analyzing primary sources is addressed by a detailed plan from Inspiration Software. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is used to model how the primary source analysis template can aid in creating an analysis of documents. Adaptations and extensions are included, as are the original and model templates.
How does background and life experience influence point of view, attitudes, and biases? To answer this question, class members examine two letters: one from Frederick Douglass to his former owner, Thomas Auld, and one from George Washington to John Mercer. While the topic of slavery is raised in both correspondences, the tone and purpose of the documents are vastly different. Readers are asked to consider why Washington’s letter displays a lack of emotional involvement with the topic while Douglass' responses are very passionate. Included in the packet are questions to guide the reading of both letters and a writing assignment.
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Learners practice their reading comprehension by analyzing letters written by historic figures. For this slavery lesson, students read letters between former slave Frederick Douglass and President George Washington and analyze their tone, biases, and writing abilities. Learners write fictitious letters acting as Douglass and Washington based on the subject of slavery.
Read and analyze a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary puns using Visual Thesaurus computer software. Middle and high schoolers analyze a pun as a class; in small groups they analyze a Shakespearean pun using contextual clues and the Visual Thesaurus. Each group then writes an original pun.
Students compare and contrast writings about pre-American Revolution events. In this political agenda lesson, students conduct research to determine how bias and perspective have made their way into historical documents. Students examine historical documents and share their findings with their classmates.