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Mind Muse 2/14/13 a. Write your learning target. b. Refute (argue against ) this counterclaim: Many people believe Valentine’s Day is a silly holiday and shouldn’t be celebrated. *Do it – even if you agree with the counterclaim!!. Science/ELA Speech Project.

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science ela speech project

Mind Muse 2/14/13

a. Write your learning target.

b. Refute (argue against) this counterclaim:

Many people believe Valentine’s Day is a silly holiday and shouldn’t be celebrated.

*Do it – even if you agree with the counterclaim!!

Science/ELA Speech Project

Arguments on Energy

note from mrs thomas
Note from Mrs. Thomas
  • Unfortunately, my little girl has the flu and I have to go home and take care of her.  (It’s gross. I love her and all, but…ew.) I trust that you will be on your best behavior and make choices that would reflect your integrity and common sense. In other words – don’t be mean, deceitful, or disrespectful. Enormous congratulations to 2nd block for a perfect sub score yesterday and a HUUUGGE shout out to 4th block for being fabulous! You received a great compliment!  Treats for both classes on Friday! I’ll double it if you can repeat your awesome-ness today! I am very proud of you guys! 6th block – you know how I feel about your behavior yesterday. You have a big choice to make. Show me that you are mature enough to correct your mistakes. You can still earn a good score today.

Work hard today. Hang on to Tic-Tac-Vo. We will take the test tomorrow.

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Daily Focus/Mind Muse
  • Review counterclaim
  • Develop a counterclaim regarding coal using videos on both sides of the coal debate
  • Receive writing prompts for ELA/Science Speech Project
  • Select a prompt to respond to
  • Brainstorm claim & supporting reasons/evidence for speech

1. Focus on the definition of COUNTERCLAIM & REBUTTAL. Write an explanation that tells the relationship between these two terms. How do they work together?

as the cool kids say
As the cool kids say…
  • A counterclaim/Rebuttal combo is like a sick burn.
  • It’s NOT “You’re stupid.” “Your face is stupid.”

Counterclaim/Rebuttalis more intelligent (i.e. sicker). ;)

  • You are ‘burning’ the opponent before they even get a chance to speak. It’s a psychic burn.
sample counterclaim
Sample Counterclaim
  • Claim- Although they are traditionally seen as a distraction, students should be able to bring cell phones to school because digital literacy can be used for educational purposes.
  • COUNTERCLAIM Many teachers argue that students should not be able to bring cell phones to school because they could use them to communicate during a test. Although there are risks associated with allowing students to have cell phones in schools, with proper regulations like collecting them on test days the benefits outweigh the risks. According to the article, “Using Mobile Phones to Improve Educational Outcomes” by John-HarmenValk, “social interaction is central to effective learning, as indicated by theories of new learning, mobile phones should also impact educational outcomes by facilitating communication”.
  • Choose ONE claim about coal. Write it on your paper -Coal should continue to be used as an energy resource. -Coal should NOT be used as an energy resource.
  • 2. Watch videos. Take notes on what the ‘Other Side’ says about coal. You will use this for your counterclaim statement. Listen to ‘Your Side’ in order to have rebuttal material.
  • Pro-Coal videos

Click the link below & watch videos “Losing Power” & “Coal = Future”

Clean Coal USA

  • Anti-Coal videosClick the links below and watch video.

now write
Now write…
  • 3. Now write a counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph for your issue.
  • Use the poster on counter claim (see white board) to guide your structure.
  • Be sure to include:
  • -counterclaim statement (starter + counterclaim)-argument against counterclaim (However, + rebuttal) -developed evidence make the evidence 2+ sentences
get ready for your speech brainstorm
Get ready for your speech. Brainstorm!
  • Using your notes from yesterday (in class) and the notes from science class…
  • Which energy source are you in favor of the most? Choose 1. wind, coal, solar, nuclear, natural gas, geothermal
  • List 6 reasons why you support that energy source.
  • List 3 counterclaims that other people may have against your energy source.
  • List 10+ facts, evidence, examples, and details (statistics, stories, examples, evidence from research, etc.) that you could use in to support your reasons in #5. Use notes and handouts from yesterday.
  • Start listing ways you can rebuttal and argue against the counterclaims you wrote in #6.
  • HAND IN PAPERS (notebook & 1/2sheets)Guest teacher will put in tray.
  • Study for vocabulary test tomorrow.
  • Complete Tic Tac Vo due tomorrow.
  • Read your literature circle book.
  • Read a newspaper.

Level 0 – Do not be disruptive or OFF TASK. Off task is doing anything other than the above activities.