Welcome to Discuss from Spiral logo

Interactive presentation plan for: Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence

Activity overview:

15 slides

Argumentative Writing -Angling Evidence

Some History: The OJ Simpson Murder Trial

The image from the previous slide is two bloody gloves. These gloves were evidence related to the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994.

The Central Evidence

One of the bloody gloves was found at the murder scene. The other was found outside of OJ Simpson's house. The gloves were a matching pair, and DNA evidence revealed that they had the blood of both victims on them.

OJ Simpson was arrested and charged with the double-murder.

The same pieces of evidence lead lawyers to different conclusions.

The Prosecutors

The prosecutors argued that the gloves were irrefutable physical evidence that OJ Simpson committed the murders. They asked him to put on the gloves to further prove his guilt.

The Defense

The defense had another explanation...

If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

OJ and the Gloves: The Truth About Really Happened

http://bit.ly/2oBhzLB

Teaching Point: Angling Evidence

Like Lawyers, writers angle their evidence to convince their readers that their argument is valid. The analysis that a writer offers of evidence is equally as important to convincing readers that the author's claim is valid as the evidence itself.

Example of Angling Evidence: The Evidence

Quoth Fox & Friends' Steve Doocey: "unfortunately you know it seems every time something bad like this happens we look at "is there a connection between video games and the shooter?" Well, take a look at some people who were described as addicted, from Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Virginia Tech shooter, the Arizona shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, that Norway shooter who Anders Behring [sic], I think he shot 77 people. The Aurora shooter, James Holmes, the Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, they're all described as essentially being addicted to video games."-Eric Kain, Forbes
http://bit.ly/2oZWgzp

Analysis Supporting a Connection Between Simulated Violence and Actual Violence

Clearly, there is a connection between simulated violence like video games and the actual violence committed by mass killers in recent history. In each and every case mentioned above, the killer played and enjoyed violent video games. Without the influence of simulated violence, would these mass murders have occured?

Analysis Disputing a Connection Between Simulated Violence and Actual Violence

While all of the people mentioned above committed terrible crimes and played video games, there are millions of people who play violent video games and do not commit any real life crimes. How could the simulated violence displayed in video games cause violence if millions of people are able to play these games and not act violently?

Your Turn: Angling Evidence

In one recent study, Christopher Barlett, a psychologist at Iowa State University, led a research team that had 47 undergraduates play “Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” for 15 minutes. Afterward, the team took various measures of arousal, both physical and psychological. It also tested whether the students would behave more aggressively, by having them dole out hot sauce to a fellow student who, they were told, did not like spicy food but had to swallow the sauce.

Sure enough, compared with a group who had played a nonviolent video game, those who had been engaged in “Mortal Kombat” were more aggressive across the board. They gave their fellow students significantly bigger portions of the hot sauce.

Your Turn: Angling Evidence

In one recent study, Christopher Barlett, a psychologist at Iowa State University, led a research team that had 47 undergraduates play “Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” for 15 minutes. Afterward, the team took various measures of arousal, both physical and psychological. It also tested whether the students would behave more aggressively, by having them dole out hot sauce to a fellow student who, they were told, did not like spicy food but had to swallow the sauce.

Sure enough, compared with a group who had played a nonviolent video game, those who had been engaged in “Mortal Kombat” were more aggressive across the board. They gave their fellow students significantly bigger portions of the hot sauce.

Your Turn: Independent Practice

Using the evidence that you have connected in your notes and your skills at angling evidence, make revisions to your draft arguing for or against a connection between simulated violence and actual violence.

Discuss makes it super easy to make any slideshow into an interactive presentation

Play this activity

* Whiteboard required for teacher-paced activities

Share on:

Share Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence on Google+ Share Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence on Twitter Share Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence on Facebook Pin Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence Email Argumentative Writing: Angling Evidence

Ready to see what else Spiral logo can do?

With four apps, each designed around existing classroom activities, Spiral gives you the power to do formative assessment with anything you teach.

Quickfire

Carry out a quickfire formative assessment to see what the whole class is thinking

Discuss

Create interactive presentations to spark creativity in class

Team Up

Student teams can create and share collaborative presentations from linked devices

Clip

Turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes

1000s of teachers use Spiral to deliver awesome, engaging activities that capture students' understanding during lessons.

Now it's your turn Sign up

Spiral Reviews by Teachers and Digital Learning Coaches

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Kathryn Laster @kklaster

Tried out the canvas response option on @SpiralEducation & it's so awesome! Add text or drawings AND annotate an image! #R10tech

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Room 220 Math Stars @3rdgradeBCE

Using @SpiralEducation in class for math review. Student approved! Thumbs up! Thanks.

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Miss Ord @ordmiss

Absolutely amazing collaboration from year 10 today. 100% engagement and constant smiles from all #lovetsla #spiral

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Adam J. Stryker @strykerstennis

Students show better Interpersonal Writing skills than Speaking via @SpiralEducation Great #data #langchat folks!

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Dr Ayla Göl @iladylayla

A good tool for supporting active #learning.

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Brett Erenberg @BrettErenberg

The Team Up app is unlike anything I have ever seen. You left NOTHING out! So impressed!

Get the Clip Chrome Extension & Create Video Lessons in Seconds

Add Clip to Chrome