Extended Response - cIcu

Focused Responses: Document-Based Writing The College of Saint Rose Lee Geiselmann Amber OSullivan Format for First Focused Response Start Do with the weaker argument not go over the word limit Cover every element of the task Bulleted in the instructions Whats Expected of You: Response One

You will read two passages on a particular topic one pro and one con. Then: Evaluate both authors claims, deciding which is more compelling Identify the thesis (stance/ contention/position) Outline the claims made to support both positions Determine the validity and sufficiency of the evidence presented Reach a conclusion about which position is more compelling Outline for Response One Topic Weaker Argument

Evidence Evidence Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Pro Stronger Argument Evidence Evidence Choice in Curriculum Choice of Location Con

Lack of Socialization Parents often lack expertise in some subject areas Suggested Sentence Structure, Paragraph One Introduction1 sentence: The author of Passage A contends Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 1 and link to weaker or nonexistent evidence Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 2 and link to weaker or nonexistent evidence Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 3 and link to weaker or nonexistent evidence Conclusion1 sentence: Overall, the argument presented in Passage __ Suggested Sentence Structure, Paragraph Two Introduction1 sentence: The author of Passage A contends Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 1 and link to stronger evidence Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 2 and link to stronger evidence Next1-2 sentences: State Claim 3 and link to stronger evidence

Conclusion1-2 sentences: Overall, the argument presented in Passage __ makes a more compelling case for based on sound reasoning and convincing evidence. Connecting Claims and Evidence in Focused Responses Negative position: Somewhat mistaken, incorrect, inadequate, insufficient Not always the case, not necessarily true Highly debatable, speculative Doubts can be raised Little information/work/research/data Few studies/investigations/researchers Little/few/lack/weak

Positive position: Valid, relevant, current, sufficient, convincing, correct, accurate, strong, linked, sound, consistent with, supported Whats Expected of You: Response Two For this task you are expected to integrate the data in the graphic with one of the passages to either support or counter the authors claims, reasoning, and/or evidence. The task requires you to: Explain how the specific information presented in the graphic either supports or counters the authors claims, reasoning, and evidence Include examples from the passage and the graphic to support your explanation. Suggested Sentence Structure, Response Two Introductory sentence: The information presented in the graphic provides strong support for the argument presented in Passage __. OR The information presented in the graphic counters the argument presented in passage __.

The table shows that OR As shown in the figure Information/Data from the graphic supports/ counters, when the author argues Analyzing Visuals What What How patterns do you see? does the graph tell you? could this data be used? What conclusions can be drawn? What information is missing? Graphic

Percentage of Parents Homeschool Parents' Highest Educational Level, National Household Educational Survey, 2011 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 ss Le an th gh hi l oo h sc

h ig H l oo h sc e at u ad gr i qu e or t en l va s

or l a ic n ch /l te na io t ca Vo om e ge ll e co 's or l e ch

a B e re g de e at u d ra G ss fe o pr or l na o i Graphic

Outline for Response Two Analysis of graphic Better Argument Evidence Evidence Refute Counter Argument Education level of homeschool teachers Against Homeschooling Evidence

All teachers should have Masters degrees 11% of parents havent finished high school Teachers have to teach to the median aptitude level, failing to meet some student needs Parents might also fail to meet some student needs, due to a lack of education and experience

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