Parts of Argument I: Film Debates

What can you learn from watching others make an argument? Incorporate famous debate and courtroom movie scenes into a lesson on argumentative writing. As learners view the ways that characters craft their arguments, they note the claims, evidence, and veracity of each with a graphic organizer. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to consider or bring in their own examples of debate scenes from their favorite movie or shows
  • Use in a debate class or when discussing famous political debate
  • Bring in modern presidential debates for learners to discuss
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a 12-part unit that accompanies Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
Pros

  • Ideal for a cross-curricular project between language arts and social studies
  • Comes with several student reference pages that are applicable to other units
Cons

  • None