Opinion, Argument, Reasons: Dramatic Exercises to Boost Writing

In this residency, groups of students collaborate to write an argument supported by reasons about something they are studying—for example a current event, a historical event, a work of art, or a scientific theory. They explore the topic dramatically, and then begin writing an argument. They practice reading their argument aloud, (with appropriate volume, clarity, rate, and expression) and, at the end of the residency perform it for their classmates.

Curricular Connections

NC Theatre Arts 3-8.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. CC English Language Arts Grades 3-5.W.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.  6-8.W.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

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