About This Chapter
Standard: Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9)
About This Chapter
While viewing these videos your students will gain greater understanding of how to find and compare/contrast similar information across multiple texts. Your students will also get a refresher on basic elements in portraying the source information in an essay. The videos in this chapter include instruction on:
- Finding the main arguments in sources
- Comparing/contrasting the sources
- Writing and structuring arguments in an informative essay
Students who have a good grasp of these concepts will be able to gather information from several sources, determine which bits are consistent or divergent, and describe the results. They will develop strong research skills critical in achieving the Common Core State Standards for literacy.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
If you're trying to think of some good ways to include these video lessons in your instruction, here are some easy ideas.
Playacting: historical debates
Much of history is debated, with different parties giving sharply variant accounts of certain events and reasons for them. Make a list of various debates in the historical record (e.g. independence, federalism, and emancipation). On individual slips of paper, briefly summarize the setting and indicate one of two sides (each event should thus have two associated slips). Hand the slips out randomly to students. After watching the understanding arguments and compare/contrast sources videos, have your students conduct independent research on the debate and argue the side represented on their slip against the student assigned the opposing side.
Videos as homework
Have students complete one of the videos each evening (they are all short enough to fit in any schedule) and complete the brief quiz associated with it as homework. Present the chapter test in class after all videos have been watched as a quiz to check understanding.
Practicing comparative techniques
Watch the compare/contrast video in class. Reflect on a recent event in the school or other local news. Have several students present their account or understanding of the event. Instruct the class to construct a criteria-based table and use the point-by-point or block-by-block system to compare key points of the students' accounts.
1. Understanding Key Arguments of Sources
In this lesson, you'll learn some strategies that might help you identify the key arguments contained in various text types, including articles, historical documents, charts, and letters.
2. Comparing and Contrasting Sources of a Text
The process of research can be long and complicated. This lesson outlines how to integrate knowledge from sources through comparing and contrasting each source you discover.
3. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure
There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.
4. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.
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Other chapters within the Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 9-10: Literacy Standards course
- Evidence to Support Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1
- Representing Core Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2
- Analysis of Connected Events: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3
- Understanding Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4
- Role of Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5
- Comparing Two Points of View: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6
- Integrating Different Types of Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7
- Evaluating Reasoning and Evidence: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8
- Reading Strategies: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10
- Samples of Informational Texts for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10