TWO RESOURCES FOR TEXT ANALYSIS & ARGUMENT

TEACHING THE CORE has a great series of blog posts on many aspects of close reading, writing argument and debate.

I also like this video on writing analytical paragraphs. I’ve always believed less is more, so writing tight, to the point paragraphs is a skill worth doing. We don’t have to write full essays to teach important skills of writing.

Here are more youtube videos by this teacher Topics include: writing thesis statements,
analytical writing, dialectical journals and more.

SERIAL – THE PODCAST

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This is a great way to address so many of of the common core standards and build listening and critical thinking skills.

It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

MAPS AND DOCUMENTS

WORKSHEETS AND LESSON PLANS HERE BY MICHAEL GODSEY

INTERVIEW WITH JAY AFTER THE PODCAST

REDDIT DISCUSSION THREAD