Booth Truth Club
$150 for 5 weeks
Student's argumentative essays will be published on the Academic Warriors blog.
10 - 14 years old
Session 1: Introduction to Argumenative Writing
The student will learn about the four forms of writing and be able to identify the difference between persuasive and argumentative essays. Information will be given for the course assigned research project which includes the steps for creating an argument and an examination of reliable resources in research. They will also be given instruction identifying bias and learn how to avoid bias in their writing as well as information on taking observational notes. Students will understand the difference between archaeologist, historian and preservationist.
Students will interview historian, Nate Orlowek. Students will write a summary of their interview and share the results with the class in the next session.
Session 2: What History Teaches Us
The student will present the summary of their interview and receive feedback from the teacher. Students will review effective research methods and the steps necessary to ensure their argumentative essay contains fact, shows no bias, and uses acceptable resources to back up their information. Students will learn the facts surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William H. Seward and the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth.
Session 3: Nate Orlowek's Alternative Theory
Students will be presented with the theory constructed by Nate Orlowek and his research team that John Wilkes Booth was not killed in Garrick's Barn . Students will examine primary and secondary sources including scientific research results conducted for Nate Orlowek's research.
Session 4: Constructing Your Argumentative Essay
Students will continue to review the theory that research John Wilkes Booth was not killed in Garrick's Barn . Students will examine primary and secondary sources including scientific research results conducted for Nate Orlowek's research. Students will then form their own hypothesis as to what really happened to John Wilkes Booth. Students will be guided by the teacher on how to construct the argumentative essay.
Write argumentative essay for presentation during next lesson.
Session 5: Oral Defense of Your Argument
The student will present and defend their argumentative essay in class.