We just started our thinking three days ago. I turned to Time For Kids to start us off! I used an article titled, "A Healthier Happy Meal." We annotated, discussed, and actually...somewhat debated. The next day we continued with an article from a different point of view that was recently in the news, "California judge dismisses suit against McDonald's toys", from USA Today. This time our discussion focused heavily on determining the meaning of unknown words and trying to understand the opposite point of view. Then I posed the question...Should McDonald's Happy Meals have toys? Students created positive and negative charts to evaluate using details and words from the two text and stated their claim. We examined another recent article in Time For Kids, "Should Schools Ban the Sale of Bottled Water?" We discussed the structure the students used to "convince us". The students most enjoyed "finding the flip"! Finding a detail or word from the other point of view and "flipping" it to work for your thinking. Transferring our thinking to a paragraph is currently a "work in progress"...but the excitement, purpose, and attention to detail has been just what the writing doctor's ordered(with a side of ketchup)!
|Evaluating the positives and negatives to decide a claim.|