In today's class, we started with a quickwrite. The prompt was as follows:
1. Is Kurt Vonnegut making an argument in the story "Harrison Bergeron"?
2. What is he arguing for?
3. What is he arguing against?
After writing on the quickwrite and discussing student answers, we went through the homework questions as a class.
Next, I introduced the technique of counterargument. This technique consists of bringing the opposition's claims and arguments into your argumentative essay and refuting them. Here is the handout I gave on the topic of counterargument:
After discussing counterargument, I introduced the argumentative essay assignment. The attachment below explains the assignment and gives a long list of possible topics. The homework for our next class is to complete the first three steps of the assignment. These three steps are as follows:
Please come to our next class with your topic chosen and well-researched.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.