Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6-12
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 1a: 
    Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts,
    using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

    a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or
    opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear
    relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

    b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each
    while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that
    anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.

    c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text,
    create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons,
    between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

    d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to
    the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

    e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports
    the argument presented.

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing Standards 6รข\x80\x9312
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 7: 
    Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question
    (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden
    the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject,
    demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards 6-\x80\x9312
  • 9-10:  9th & 10th Grades
  • 4: 
    Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely,
    and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the
    organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose,
    audience, and task.

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Sophomore Speeches: What It Means To Be A Learner
Lesson Objective: Synthesize reactions and research in students speeches about learning
Grades 9-12 / ELA / Speeches
ELA.W.9-10.1a | ELA.W.9-10.7 | ELA.SL.9-10.4

Thought starters

  1. How does the reaction/narrative connect to the final argument?
  2. How does this progression (narrative to argument) help students move from details to ideas?
  3. From concrete to abstract?
  4. Why is it important for students to respond to non-fiction texts?
This is really helpfull!
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This was quite interesting. The students really expressed themselves through their connections with how they learn and how learning should look! The students express themselves not only verbally but were able to captivate their audience through one "slid". The slid which was most interesting for me was the blank one!
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I really liked what students were able to do. Having students write and deliver their own speeches is important...something I want to do more of in my classroom. We are often asked to evidence the higher order thinking in our lessons and this was a clear example of that. Thanks
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I love the students presentations. Great job.
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What a great example of Common Core -ELA in an authentic context. Thanks!
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School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

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Sarah Brown Wessling
English Language Arts / 10 11 12 / Teacher



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture