1. Topic-
Understanding Persuasion
2. Content-
Formulating claims
Creating reasons
Anticipating opposition
Moving from debate to dialogue
Argument provides an opportunity to present one's views
Argument is a vehicle to explore other views as well
Argument can help us shape a process in which change can happen
The object is not to win or lose; the object is to communicate our ideas and to listen to what the other person has to say in response
The careful consideration of all that we have learned through debate and dialogue
Enables us to reach our own informed position on a conflict
In the course project we have added the fourth "D"¯--the "¯decision"¯
It is imperative that the students not just analyze and write about the controversial topic but that they also use critical decision-making skills
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Differentiate between dialogue, debate and deliberation
2. Understand what Decision, the 4th D is and why it is important.
4. Objectives-
SCANS Objectives
1. Retrieve and organize information from a variety of sources, including computerized databases, reference books, books, and periodicals.
2. Demonstrate the ability to utilize Standard English, appropriate format, and logical order in practical writing.
Enabling Objectives
1. Analyze ways in which Americans approach argument.
2. Determine subjects that are arguable and those that are not.
3 Use a pro/con checklist to help you become more aware of opposing viewpoints.
5. Materials and Aids-
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Introduction to Course
Discuss MyCompLab
Discuss the ITT Tech Virtual Library (See references)
Discuss course objectives
Discuss the project
Discuss class policy concerning late work and missing class discussions
WIFM (What's in it for me): Help the students understand the benefits of this course:
- Benefits of knowing how to address controversial topics.
- Development of skills to enable presentation of argument.
- Development of skills to move an argument into a dialogue.
- Development of skills to ascertain and evaluate the facts so a decision can be made.
- Practicing skills of critical reading and writing.
Development of research skills required for researching controversial topics.

B. Development-

What makes an argument
Facts are not arguable
Opinions based on personal taste or preference are not arguable
Opinions based on judgments are arguable

C. Practice-

1. Read Taking a War of Words Too Literally, pp. 17-20 and discuss the following question: Do you agree with the author's assertion that our public discussions about controversial issues have been turned into "battles and duels"¯ by the media? Explain why or why not. Each group will turn in a written summary of the group discussion.
Small Group or class Discussion {Intending to capitalize words in this column?}
"Questions for Discussion and Writing,"¯ #1, p. 20 (first two sentences from assignment)

D. Independent Practice-

Complete Exercise 2 on page 27 of your "Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader," 4th Ed., by Goshgarian, Krueger, and Minc. textbook.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-


F. Checking for understanding-


G. Closure-

What is debate and why is it important?

What is dialogue and why is it important?

What is deliberation and why is it important?

What is the fourth D? Why is it important?
7. Evaluation-
Have the students write on a blank sheet of paper:

1. The muddiest point- What is the one thing you still find confusing or would like more detail on?
2. Most beneficial/understood point- What is the one thing you learned that you feel you understand the most and gained the most from?
8. Teacher Reflection-
Review Muddiest point and Most beneficial/understood point.

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