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Grab Your Portfolios. BOP #13 (CCAN TAKE PORTFOLIOS NOW) What makes an effective argument? Argument Notes Start Langley article SRI 11/17 th , 26-liners coming 11/19 th …. Essential Question of the Day: How do we convince people to think/believe something?. Click to play….
BOP #13: The Trees
“The Trees” in this song and their battle acts as a metaphor. Listen to the song and pay attention to the lyrics. What are they fighting over and how does it relate to human nature?
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.
The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade.
There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream "Oppression!"
And the oaks just shake their heads
So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
"The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light."
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw
Write in your Writing Journal (INB) for 7 minutes reflecting on these lyrics and their message….: “The Trees” in this song and their battle acts as a metaphor. What are the trees fighting over and how do they and their conflict relate to human nature? What do they represent?
“One also encounters a depraved taste for equality in the human heart that brings the weak to want to draw the strong to their level and that reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom”
~~Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinker
Read the quote above, write in your Writing Journal (INB) for 5 more minutes: How do these lyrics and the above quote relate to the story “Harrison Bergeron”?
Use your own paper and set up your Cornell notes –just follow the instructions in your “Notes” section of your portfolio on Cornell Notes:
What makes a good argument?....How is it structured, what is included, how valid? Discuss at your tables – have someone write your answers on their notes. Share…
An argument usually is found in Non-Fiction (articles & essays) and has specific parts:What is an argument?
Argument over an issue =
to support a logical viewpoint
A writer claims: “More metal detectors should be installed in public schools.”
(that’s a reason…)
But how do you know your reason is VALID??!
What is EVIDENCE?
A writer claims: More metal detectors should be installed in public schools (But WHY????) because this will reduce school violence.
But HOW do you KNOW??!
EVIDENCE!!! For example, after using metal detectors in Chicago school, officials went from confiscating 15 guns and 294 weapons in 92 to just two guns in 1995.
(Now that’s some goood evidence
What argument is Vonnegut making about society?Write on your notes:His Claim: ______________________________________His Reasons – what characters/moments does he use in the story to support (use 2)?: _______________________
1. Read individually or as a group (take turns reading, everyone fills out the strengths and weaknesses – take turns on the group paper), and think about how to break down the argument. Notice words from the article to find the author’s:
Then what do you think? Fill out the questions on the article…..