Reading Nonfiction and Research for Debate

    Phase 1:  Research
    These are the assignments you will submit for a grade while we are reading and researching nonfiction articles. 
    Due Wednesday, March 4!!! 



    Points Earned

    5 Point Summary – Source # 1 (article)

    Using the notes your research team took from the article, write a summary that includes all the elements in the rubric.


    5 Point Summary – Source #2 (article)




    5 Point Summary – Source #3 (video)




    Expert Vocabulary Page


    List and define at least 5 words in your notebook that are technical words specific to your topic. You must use these words in your argumentative essay and in your presentation.


    Comparing Authors Entry


    Write an entry that compares and contrasts how two different authors wrote about your topic.


     Know what to search for!  Here is the "anatomy" of nonfiction - the types of evidence we search for: 
    Anatomy of Nonfiction
    Close Reading Chart     Annotated Article
    Types of Nonfiction Text Structures - Knowing structures will help you:
    • figure out what to look for in the text
    • choose the best way to take notes 
    Video Games are a Waste of Time             School Sports Cause More Harm than Good 
    Chocolate Milk Should be Banned in School Cafeterias 
    5 Point Summary 
    Watch Mrs. Mankowski demonstrate how to write a 5 Point Summary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFu1agnW534

    1 Point

    1 Point

    1 Point

    1 Point

    1 Point

    One central idea (RI.7.2)


    Sounds like:


    The central idea of this text/passage/ article is…


    Another central idea (RI.7.2)


    Sounds like:

    Another idea expressed in this text is…

    Several quotes and pieces of textual evidence from all over the text support the central idea (RI.7.1)


    Looks like:

    Transitions show that evidence comes from the text, and that the evidence proves the main idea as well as inferences about the text. (RI.7.1, W.7.2)


    Sounds like:

    According to…


    The text states that…


    The author says…


    Another example that supports this idea is…


    Summary considers the author’s point of view or purpose (RI.7.5, RI.7.6)



    Sounds like:


    This detail shows…


    This explains…


    This shows how the author…


    The author most likely includes this detail to demonstrate how…

    Expert Vocabulary Entry 
    Watch Period 1 figure out what expert vocabulary is, how to find expert vocabulary on your topic, and create the Expert Vocabulary Entry. http://youtu.be/AGwvW6lNecg 
     Compare/Contrast Entry
    Watch this PowerPoint before you write your Compare/Contrast Entry!!!! 

     Criteria: (type of evidence the author uses or structure of the text):


    Lead Sentence   

    (include the titles of the 2 sources, a compare/contrast term, and the criteria you are comparing)

    Possible Transition:

    One example

    One way


    Example from Source #1

    Possible Transitions

    In paragraph

    According to the author

    The expert says

    Example from Source #2

    Possible Transitions

    In paragraph

    According to the author

    The expert says


    Compare/Contrast Sentence:

    (Dig deep:  What is really similar or different here?)








    On the other hand


    (Dig deep again:  What does this show about how authors teach us through nonfiction?)

    Possible Transitions:

    This shows

    This explains

    This demonstrates

    This means
     Conducting an Interview
    The expert you interview will use this rubric to evaluate you on your interviewing technique. 
    As you watch Mrs. Mankowski interview her son, Lucas, about his favorite video game, pay attention to two things in particular:
    1. How to open and close the interview (manners!)
    2. The kinds of questions Mrs. Mankowski asks