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Charting Current Controversies 1 and 2

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Charting Current

At the end of the unit, you will create a well-thought out podcast with a perspective that is informed by research and supported with claims, evidence and counter arguments.
Why Care?
Unit Overview
The Challenge
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Studio Days
What's the difference between casual opinions and informed arguments?

Compare the differences between opinions and arguments that have been written by teens.
How do I find the best resources to build my argument?

Build knowledge of online research tools and techniques while finding quality primary and secondary resources on policy issues with your team.
How do make an argument that will impress an expert?

Write formal, evidence-based arguments

on a contemporary issue you care about through planning, drafting, review, and revision. You share your work with an expert who gives you feedback.
How do I broadcast my informed arguments?

Learn podcasting as a medium for presenting arguments that are civil, well-thought out, and creative.
Enrique Cerna, a PBS journalist who hosts a news show, provides you with your challenge.

He outlines the importance of clear perspective and appropriate supporting evidence when making an argument.
How do you get people to listen to your opinion on topics that matter to you?
In this unit, you are asked to “take a stand” and create your own arguments that are clear and convincing, supported by relevant reasons and evidence, and counter the arguments of the opposition. You will post your opinion to a public forum and potentially create a podcast based on the classical arguments you create.
Crafting an informed argument is a key skill for academic success and life beyond high school. No matter your professional or personal path, there will be a time in which you are compelled to argue a perspective that matters to you.

By taking up the elements and practices of argumentation presented in this unit, you will have the foundation for making thoughtful and clear arguments.
You will also learn from experts--people who work in government, law, journalism, public relations, community activists, etc. You will be able to determine who makes quality arguments based on reasons and evidence, not just emotion.
Here are a few activities you will be doing to get your voice heard in the weeks ahead....
Enrique Cerna, TV Journalist
Teen Responses
Occupy Movement
Paying College Athletes
Mosque at Ground Zero
Race-Based Admissions
Park51 by Paul Stein on Flickr
From The Library of Congress
From The Library of Congress
From the Library of Congress
Seattle Public Library
by OzinOH
by UK Parliment
Martierra by Jonathan Speed
To cap off the unit, you will publish your writing to Teen Ink or within the platform.
You will also broadcast your podcast to the cross-site discussion board in the platform with the potential of your work being published to Generation PRX.org
How do you construct a great argument?

Learn the elements of classical argument. Identify claims, counterclaims, evidence, and reasoning.
What can I learn about argumentation from a case study?
You will dive deeply into one current issue and examine cartoons, video, editorials and other documents that others have crafted. You will see how real world arguments are constructed in comparison to classical arguments and judge their quality.
Gun Control
Module 5
Part 2
Module 6-8
How do I make an argument on a topic that I care about and that others will too?

Using all the knowledge about argumentation you built over the course of the unit, you will build an argument from your research bank. It will go through peer and expert review. You'll organize a debate on your issue, then complete your written argument.
Part 2
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