Ch 6: Comparing Two Points of View: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6

About This Chapter

Clearly illustrate point of view concepts to meet this Common Core requirement for history/social studies in grades 9-10 with our quick and engaging video lessons. Take a peek at some additional teaching ideas that you might use as follow-ups to the lessons.

Standard: Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6)

About This Chapter

Point of view is a powerful tool for presenting arguments, and it's sometimes not employed to the full extent of its usefulness. Students in the first two years of high school will benefit from the following lessons:

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Using supporting details
  • Topic vs. argument
  • Introducing topics with summary previews
  • Argument organization

Learners will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of strategies related to point of view when they are able to discuss readings with differing viewpoints and use skills related to effective arguments in their own writing. An understanding of this standard aids students in college reading and writing in a variety of content areas. Those who later find themselves in careers requiring effective reading comprehension and writing skills will also benefit.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Have some fun with point of view! Try some of the following ideas to reinforce this Common Core standard in your classroom.

Start at the Beginning

High school kids still like to read a picture book, now and again, and this is a fun way to tackle the concept of viewpoint. Share a familiar fairy tale told from two different points of view. There are many retellings available, including those in The Other Side of the Story offerings from Picture Window Books publishing. After viewing the video lesson about supporting details, share two such books with opposing viewpoints. List their various arguments in a chart and discuss the supporting details presented.

Tie it to History

Share the video lesson pertaining to summary previews. Introduce two books on the American Revolution presented from different viewpoints, such as Iron Tears (British view) and Johnny Tremain (Patriots' view). Share select portions with your class. Working as a whole group or in smaller groups, challenge students to write a summary preview or thesis statement to introduce the related issues brought out in the selections.

Get Organized

Watch the video lesson about various ways to present arguments or assign it for homework. Review each of the related strategies in class. Revisiting the arguments brought out in the selections from a fairy tale or Revolutionary War selection, task small work groups connected to individual strategies (for example, one group will be the 'Chronologicals') to present select arguments in a matching mode. Come back together as a class for a whole group discussion.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Comparing Two Points of View: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6
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Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

1. Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

Learn about the development strategy of comparing and contrasting, and how to apply it in an essay. Review the examples, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

2. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

3. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

4. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

Different Ways of Presenting an Argument

5. Different Ways of Presenting an Argument

Structure is essential for any type of communication. This lesson discusses the strategies one can use for structuring writing in order to present a strong argument.

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