Argumentation vs. Persuasion. Join CoreStand co-founder Rich Clark in this quick overview of one essential theme, or "shift" of the Common Core E/LA Standards: argumentation. While many teachers currently have experience teaching students "persuasion", Rich outlines several fundamental differences between argumentation and persuasion. He also discusses the CON-Text approach, one of the many writing units available on corestand.com that scaffold the process of crafting an original argument.
A quick, engaging and fun activity elicits students' critical thinking skills to practice making claims, using data and establishing warrants to support arguments. It is a role-play, a pair and share then a critical thinking discussion using quotations from Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The quotes can easily turn into persuasive writing prompts.