In this unit, students explore the ideas of informing, explaining, and convincing. Two essential questions focus their attention on the skills and knowledge presented and assessed in the unit:
Two performance-based tasks, called Embedded Assessments, give students an opportunity to demonstrate their new learning in the skills of exposition and argumentation. Specifically,
Developing Skills and Knowledge for the Assessments
Throughout the unit, students engage in activities in which they use strategies such as SOAPSTone, outlining, and debate to practice the important skills of analyzing texts in addition to generating and organizing ideas for writing. Students analyze and discuss a variety of print and nonprint texts such as Sojourner Truth’s speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” and “America the Not-So-Beautiful” by Andy Rooney. Throughout the unit, discussion is promoted as a way to encourage lively debate about ideas.
Students’ vocabulary study concentrates on academic vocabulary of research, such as hypothesize, valid, and credibility, and vocabulary specific to literary study such as expository and rhetoric.
Helping Your Child
Students should be practicing every day in class for their upcoming performance on the Embedded Assessment. Help your child reflect on and focus his or her learning by asking the following questions:
You may also find it helpful to read through the Embedded Assessments (particularly the Scoring Guides) and to note the Learning Targets that are located at the beginning of each activity. You can locate this information in your child's online textbook by going to Cobbga.Springboardonline.org.