Principles of an Argument Teacher Resources
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Building a Better Argument
Students create good arguments by exploring the basic structure of an arguments. They determine premises and conclusions for analyzing the effectiveness of arguments. In addition, they explore the differences between arguments and explanations.
House and Holmes: A Guide to Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Use Dr. House and Sherlock Holmes to illustrate talented analysis. Your high schoolers compare and contrast the characteristics of deductive and inductive arguments. After discussing key terms of different types of arguments, they critically evaluate arguments and draw conclusions about each one. In groups, they practice identifying types of arguments and the best type to use in particular circumstances.
Don't Let the Earth Down
Although recycling is definitely beneficial, reducing our waste and conserving our natural resources should really be the focus of environmentalists. Encourage the future generation to create a public service announcement about a conservation issue that they feel strongly about. They write a persuasive essay and transform this argument into a video announcement. Take action!
Students will analyze and evaluate political propaganda. In this lesson on the Federalist movement, students will examine the Federalist papers and analyze the Anti-Federalist argument mage against constitutional ratification. This lesson culminates in a full class debate.
Don't Let the Earth Down
Writing a persuasive argument starts with a clear thesis. Using this resource, your class will write a persuasive paper on a conservation issue. They will then transform their argument into a 30-second public service announcement. If your class doesn't have access to video and editing software, they can present their announcement in front of the class.
Oral Arguments Online
Students conduct a mock oral argument based on the briefs provided and further research as assigned by the instructor. They write an opinion for the case outlining why one legal argument prevailed over the other based on their own reading, research, and viewing of the oral argument.
Principles of Philosophy
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Principles of Philosophy by Rene Descartes.
Argument in an Athenian Jail: Socrates and the Law
Young scholars read and discuss Socrates's "Crito" and examine the arguments he made supporting his own death penalty. They consider the still-relevant debate between the rights of the individual and the rule of law.
Monty Python and the Quest for the Perfect Fallacy
Young scholars study ten fallacies that represent the most common mistakes in reasoning. In groups, students evaluate given arguments and identify the fallacy and/or bobby-trap in each one. Young scholars study larger arguments and discover reasons for analyzing statements.
Law: Torts and the Elements of Negligence
Students investigate tort law and the concept of negligence. They role-play as representatives for the plaintiff or the defendant and present their arguments. Class members act as judges in the cases.
Arguments Against Ratifying the Constitution
Students define federalism, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist, debate issue of ratification in classroom convention, and take vote on whether to add bill of rights. Three lessons on one page.
Anti-federalist Arguments Against: A Complete Consolidation
Young scholars analyze Anti-Federalist debates. In this Anti-Federalists lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the Anti-Federalist argument against extended republic tendencies. Young scholars analyze documents regarding the arguments and respond to discussion questions.
Principles of Philosophy
In this online interactive philosophy quiz learning exercise, students respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Descartes's Principles of Philosophy. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Geography: Where on Earth Are the Postage Stamp Countries?
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
George Washington & the Classics
Students will compare and contrast famous philosophers with George Washington. In this history lesson, students work in small groups to define Classicism, Legalism, Democracy, Republic and Civility, then read some short excerpts so that they can develop ideas about the similarities and differences and share them with the class.
Courts in the Classroom: Ritter v Stanton
Students read the case briefs of Ritter v Stanton. They simulate the trial with classmates taking various parts such as appellant, appellee, bailiff, and justices. After conducting a mock argument, they write their own opinion for the case.
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Slavery and the Slave Trade
What would it have been like to have heard the debate on the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention of 1787? With this resource, you are given the opportunity to read through a reconstruction of speeches on the topic with your class. After assigning your class members roles in the debate, read through the transcript together and ask guiding questions along the way to clarify the different arguments that are being raised.
Is the Death Penalty Constitutional?
Is the death penalty constitutional? To prepare for a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) activity on this topic, partners brainstorm questions and read primary source documents to find answers to their questions. Groups are then assigned a position and argue for or against the legality of the death penalty. At the conclusion of the SAC, individuals craft their own position statement, supporting their argument with evidence drawn from the discussion and the source materials
Sales: An Art of Persuasion
Twelfth graders become familiar with the principles of communication, sales and customer service and are able to act appropriately in related classroom, and real life situations within the world of work. They must create a sales pitch.