Happy Wednesday Global Studies classes! I'm excited about the progress you are making on your op-ed's about the connection between the changing physical systems and human systems. Thanks for your hard work in class today. Don't forget to complete all missing or late assignments and turn them in before Friday! I want your grade on Friday to reflect your learning for the semester thus far.
- I can demonstrate an understanding of the connection between physical and human systems.
- I can explain connections between events, issues, problems, and concepts.
- I can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- I can use evidence from sources to support a strong thesis statement for my op-ed.
- RAP: To open class, we read and dissected Nicholas Kristof's op-ed "As President Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die Of It" in order to help us prepare for our own writing. Students picked out Kristof's thesis, main claims, and evidence as well as identified phrases or elements of his writing they would like to borrow from. I purposefully used this article to show students a model of a strong, persuasive, and evidence-backed essay.
- Main Stage: Students spent the bulk of their time in class working on their rough drafts of their argumentative op-ed's, which will be due Friday in class. Students joined three desk stations: Gathering Evidence, Outlining, and Writing, and within these stations worked together to put together their essays.
- Closing: Unfortunately I ran out of time in 2nd period, but in 4th period students shared their thesis statements with me so that I can be in a position to best support their writing on Friday.