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Spartan Savvy: Integrative Model for Information Literacy

Activities covering information literacy topics

Constructing An Argument

by Unknown User on 2018-05-04T14:48:00-04:00 | Comments

Synopsis:

Using segments from different sources, students will reflect on how to use sources when constructing an argument. 

Activity Time:

20-30 Minutes

Learning Goals: 

Students will understand the value of using outside sources in their own work.

Description/Lesson Plan:

  • Provide students with segments, along with the citation information, from at least three sources representing different perspectives on one issue.
  • In small groups, prompt students to think about and identify a use for each source in building an argument for or against the issue:
    • How could you use this source to argue for the issue?
    • How could you use this source to argue against the issue?
    • What else would you want to know about this source before you used it?
  • Ask the groups to report their discussion, findings, and questions back to the class.
  • Lead a class discussion about the challenges in accurately representing sources using examples provided by the students. The discussion should focus on the value the sources brought to their argument.

Teaching Tips:

The strength of this activity is its flexibility in the use of sources, which make this activity useful for all disciplines. Instructors have the opportunity to tailor this lesson to teach subject matter content using primary sources in their discipline as well as practicing critical thinking skills.

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