ABSTRACT

Expressing our opinions could be considered the fundamental element of our democracy. In this global society, students will have to understand how to differentiate between facts and opinions as well as various interpretations of facts. Aristotle described the different types of rhetorical appeals centuries ago. What's different now, with the advent of the CCSS and the improved attention to modeling and scaffolding writing instruction, is that teachers and students have the opportunity to really take arguments apart and look at them carefully, and then construct their own arguments based on high-quality mentor texts. By having the students create videos and radio broadcasts using digital tools such as flip cams, students are inevitably practicing editing, just in a different mode. This chapter presents an image that shows a screen-shot of a PSA project about bullying and demonstrates the use of stats. Evidence, claim, warrant, and rebuttals are key terms that are consistent throughout middle school and in the high school.