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					                   Argumentative Essay
            Crime and Puzzlement (Whodunit?)
Objectives
Students will: Write arguments to support claims with clear
reasons and relevant evidence
    Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence
     clearly
    Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence,
     using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of
     the topic or text
    Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships
     among claim(s) and reasons
    Establish and maintain a formal style
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from
     the argument presented


Week 1: Find relevant evidence to solve a crime, organize
reasons, and make a claim

     1.   Show students a picture of a crime, “Slip or Trip”.

     2. Pass out graphic organizer to use in organizing
     evidence, explaining what the evidence warrants, and
     writing a conclusion or claim about that evidence.

     3. Teacher models how to do fill in the organizer while
     thinking out loud about the evidence. Students then fill
     in their organizer.

     4. Students participate in small group and whole class
     discussions to make a claim of what happened in the
     picture, who is guilty, and why.

     5.   Students complete the graphic organizer in class.

Week 2: Whole Class Activity-Write about the evidence using a
formal style.

     1.   Whole class activity-Report what happened in “Slip or
Trip”.

     2. Use the graphic organizer to organize evidence into a
writing structure.
    3. Teacher models explicit ways to organize argumentative
    writing into paragraphs, and models writing the first
    paragraph. (when we arrived, what we found, what was said)

    4. Small groups are assigned one piece of evidence to
    write about. Then they are shared with the whole class to
    complete the next 3 paragraphs.

     5. Teacher writes the conclusion as dictated by the
students.

Week 3: Students complete the same activity independently
using, “Tragedy in the Bathroom”

     1. Make observations about the crime, “Tragedy in the
Bathroom”, and collect evidence.

    2.      Use the graphic organizer to show evidence, what it
          warrants, and make a claim.

     3. Fill in the writing structure to organize evidence into
a report.

     4.     Write a report about the crime using the formal style
          taught in week one and two.

     5.     Type the report in Times New Roman font 12, double
          spaced, 1 inch margins, with name, date, and teacher’s
          name in the top right hand corner. Print it out to turn
          in.

 Week 4:    Complete and Share

    1.     Finish and print report if necessary.

    2. Share reports in small groups

     3.    Turn in graphic organizer, writing structure, and
report.
           Argumentative Writing: Crime and Puzzlement
                         Student Checklist


Week 1:   Nov.6-9

              Complete “Evidence” graphic organizer for “Slip or
    Trip”.

Week 2:   Nov. 12-16

          Complete Writing Structure for “Slip or Trip”.

         Participate with small group to write about a piece of
    evidence.

         Participate in writing a group Argumentative report
    for “Slip or Trip”.

The “Slip or Trip” items will help you write your own report for
“Tragedy in the Bathroom”. Keep them as an example, but do not
turn them in.

Week 3:   Nov. 26-30

          Complete “Evidence” graphic organizer for “Tragedy in
the Bathroom”.

         Complete writing structure for “Tragedy in the
    Bathroom”.

         Write an Argumentative report for “Tragedy in the
    Bathroom”.

          Type the report in Times New Roman font 12, double
          spaced, 1 inch margins, with name, date, and teacher’s
          name in the top right hand corner.   Print in to turn
          in.

Week 4:   Dec. 3-7

          Share report and turn in organizer, structure, and
          report for “Tragedy in the Bathroom”.

				
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