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Slip or Trip? Introduction to Argumentative Writing

Help solve a mystery to learn the process of writing a strong and effective argument!
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Tyler Buitenwerf

on 11 June 2014

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Transcript of Slip or Trip? Introduction to Argumentative Writing

Can you solve the mystery?
Slip or Trip?
Today we are ALL going to be detectives in a
case in which you must determine whether a man
died accidentally or was murdered in cold blood.

You must decide on, and
support
your
claim
with
sufficient
evidence
that is explained. In doing so you will create a sound and solid argument

Let's Get Started!
Witness Report: Queenie Volupides
Your Objective:
At five-feet-six and a hundred and ten pounds, Queenie Volupides was a sight to behold and to clasp. When she tore out of the house after a tiff with her husband, Arthur, she went to the country club where there was a party going on.

She left the club shortly before one in the morning
and invited a few friends to follow her home. They got to the Volupides' house about ten minutes after Queenie, who met them at the door and said, "Something terrible happened. Arthur slipped and fell on the stairs. He was coming down the stairs-he still had a glass in his hand- and I think he's dead. Oh, my gosh-what shall I do?"
Autopsy Report:
The deceased, Arthur Volupides, died due to
head drama.
Picture Evidence
The Questions
All good arguments, like all good investigations, begin with a question.

Our question is "
Can we believe Queenie's story that Arthur slipped and fell
?"

We will need to analyze our evidence, create a rule for our evidence, and explain how we drew our logical conclusion.

Let's get started!
Getting started!
First, we must make our claim. Your claim is a statement that SPECIFICALLY answers your question.

In this case there are two choices for claims that can be made.
1. Queenie is telling the truth, Arthur slipped and fell to is death.

2. Queenie is not telling the truth, Arthur did not slip and fall.
Your Claim
Do we believe Queenie? The answer to that question
is our claim.

Let's look at the evidence.

In groups of 2 or 3 take the handout that I have given you and identify several pieces of evidence that you think are important in deciding whether Queenie is telling the truth
Your claim
Now that you have looked closely at the picture make a claim from the two mentioned earlier.
1. Queenie is telling the truth, Arthur slipped and fell to is death.

2. Queenie is not telling the truth, Arthur did not slip and fall.
Evidence
Your group has made a claim which now needs to be backed up with evidence.


The Evidence are the
observable
facts that you and your partner(s) have identified in the picture of Queenie and Arthur.
Prove your point
Go to Buitenwerf.blogspot.com and click on the google form link. As a group work together and fill out the questions identifying your claim and explaining your evidence and why your evidence is important to prove your point.
Crime And Puzzlement Book 2 By Lawrence Treat
After you have submitted
one form per group
submit it and then click on the "See Previous Responses." You can then look at what your classmates thought.
Closing
Click on the Closing Form Document and answer the questions on the form to the best of your ability.
When finished please log off your computers.
Evidence CAN NOT be opinion.
Pair and Share
WHY NOT?
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