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Strategies for Teaching Argumentation: Reasoning Tree

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Are your students writing an argumentative paper? The Reasoning Tree activity is a great way to give visual value to the concept of building a line of reasoning. In this case, we're growing an argument, and the visual images will remain in the minds of your writers all year! An excellent 'check-yo-self' activity for young writers!

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Strategies for Teaching Argumentation: Reasoning Tree

  1. 1. The Line of Reasoning Tree
  2. 2. JILL PAVICH, CREATOR OF THE GLOBAL PEN MRS. PAVICH’S GLOBAL WRITING BLOCK STUDENTS 2015-2016 TEACHER FEATURE: BETH RUBIN’S TREE OF REASONING STRATEGY CREDITS: Updated: July 2016
  3. 3. LINE OF REASONING CONCLUSIONS Drawn
  4. 4. GROW YOUR OWN…LINE OF REASONING!
  5. 5. GROW YOUR OWN…LINE OF REASONING! ROOTS = Context
  6. 6. STUDENT WORK
  7. 7. TRACKING THE LINE OF REASONING ROOTS = Context TRUNK= CLAIM(S)
  8. 8. STUDENT WORK
  9. 9. GROW YOUR OWN…LINE OF REASONING! ROOTS = Context BRANCHES= Subclaims TRUNK= CLAIM(S)
  10. 10. STUDENT WORK
  11. 11. STUDENT WORK
  12. 12. GROW YOUR OWN…LINE OF REASONING! ROOTS = Context TRUNK= CLAIM(S) BRANCHES= Subclaims LEAVES= Evidence
  13. 13. STUDENT WORK
  14. 14. STUDENT WORK
  15. 15. GROW YOUR OWN…LINE OF REASONING! ROOTS = Context TRUNK= CLAIM(S) BRANCHES= Subclaims LEAVES= Evidence SUNSHINE ON TOP OF TREE= Conclusions/Solutions
  16. 16. STUDENT WORK
  17. 17. STUDENT WORK
  18. 18. BEHOLD, THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE! ER, REASONING!
  19. 19. REASONING TREE REFLECTION ü  Are there any breaks in your line of reasoning? ü  Is your argument ‘full’? ü  Could you add additional evidence to support/corroborate your sub-claim and to reinforce the overall argument?
  20. 20. OTHER CRAFTY ADDITIONS
  21. 21. CONSIDERING THE OPPOSITION BUT… A little birdie told me… HOWEVER… Consider the wise owl…
  22. 22. CONSIDER OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS
  23. 23. NIFTY PLACES TO FEATURE YOUR ESSAY QUESTION
  24. 24. TREE KEY Have students color-code the information in their tree!
  25. 25. SOURCE CRED Have students include comments about the CREDIBILITY of their sources!
  26. 26. EVALUATING EVIDENCE Have students include comments to EVALUATE the strength of their own evidence!
  27. 27. Check out my Album on Flickr: GlobalPenEDU FLICKR

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