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ERIC Number: EJ766223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
For the Sake of Argument
Hernandez, Alex; Kaplan, Melissa Aul; Schwartz, Robert
Educational Leadership, v64 n2 p48-52 Oct 2006
View Park Preparatory High School, a charter school serving low-income urban students in Los Angeles, makes critical thinking the center of its literacy curriculum. The school's literacy program has a single, measurable goal: By graduation, every student will be able to write a 500-word sustained argument free of mechanical error, reflecting his or her ability to reason. In this article, educators at the school describe how they use Toulmin's Model of Argumentation in their literacy program, moving students through a rigorous program from 9th-12th grade. Students learn the key elements of an argument and engage in Socratic discussion around essential questions to prepare them for writing. This accelerated model is producing high achievement as reflected in California state test scores.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California