Core 1:

  1. Write-on: What is the benefit of defending a position you do not personally believe in within a formal debate?
  2. Choose-on: On a notecard, please write your top 3 choices of the following debate topics (and proposition or opposition) you would be most interested in being a part of. Remember, do not only choose sides that you agree with.
  3. Exploring refutation:
    • What are the essential parts of direct refutation?
    • How does the ARE format help refutation?
  4. Extensions:
    • Start to gather resources for your topic.

Core 2:

  1. Quiz-on: How did the school board members
    know to come in to Mrs. Logan’s classroom and look at the pasted-over
    front pages of the textbooks?
  2. Discuss-On: Who should decide what gets taught in schools?
  3. Discuss Chapter 8:
    • What is the worst type of coercion displayed so far?
    • Why does T.J. “turn” on the Logans?
  4. Extensions:
    • Read Chapter 9 for Friday.

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: How would you tell a life story through images? What are the moments that you would capture?
  2. Take graphical notes on Art Spiegelman’s 1991 interview:
    • The Book
    • The Genre (Graphic Novels/Memoir)
    • The 1940’s
    • The story of Art Spiegelman’s family
  3. What is a Graphic Novel? And why is it the best way to express a time of absolute tragedy, chaos, and change?
  4. Extension:
    • Ponder: How did the world of Merchant of Venice turn into the world of World War II?

Core 4:

  1. Write-on: Why do libraries matter?
  2. Read the two contrasting articles on censorship in libraries.
    • What facts do these two articles use in order to prove their sides of the issue?
    • How are these articles both like and dislike a formal debate?
    • Based upon the information, what is the biggest problem with censorship?
  3. Extension: How is it possible to be better at going against what you personally believe in a debate than going for it?

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