History's 

Mystery

History's Mystery

$150 for 5 weeks

Teacher

Allison Bruning

 

Course Objective

Students will learn how to write an argumentative essay and develop proven research techniques by selecting a mystery to solve in their location. 

 

Target Student

This course is designed for students who wish to develop argumentative essay and research skills.

 

Prerequisites

Students should be familiar with using personal computers and you should have used the mouse and keyboard.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the 4 forms of writing

  • Know the difference between argumentative and persuasive essays

  • Know how to understand and avoid bias

  • Understand the process of writing observational notes

  • Determine reliable and unreliable resources

  • Online research methods

  • Interview methods

  • Understanding clues

  • Putting evidence together

  • How to present an argumentative essay

Subjects

Writing, Media

Ages

10 - 14 years old

   

Sessions

 

Session 1: : Getting Started

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

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.

HOMEWORK

Observational notes.

Session 2: Research Methods for Effective Writing

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

The student will present the observational notes assigned in lesson one 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.

HOMEWORK

Begin research on chosen topic and complete interviews of live sources.

Session 3: Effective Internet Research

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will receive feedback on their live interview information. The student will learn how to conduct research on the internet using proven methods to avoid wasting time and the use of unreliable resources.  A live search lab will assist students with understanding what steps to follow to conduct effective internet searches.  Students will also be given training on how to present an effective argument when defending their paper.

HOMEWORK

Students will complete research by using research guide handout provided.

Session 4: Compiling Evidence and Information

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

The student will be guided by the teacher on how to construct the argumentative essay.  They will use a mystery board to assist them in sorting the information and evidence used to write their argument.

HOMEWORK

Write argumentative essay for presentation during next lesson.

Session 5: Seek the Truth

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

The student will present and defend their argumentative essay in class.

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