George Hillocks writes in the foreword of his book, Teaching Argument Writing, “… the teaching of argument [is] the core of critical thinking. Argument is not simply a dispute, as when people disagree with one another or yell at each other. Argument is about making a case in support of a claim in everyday affairs—in science, in policy making, in courtrooms, and so forth.” He goes on to explain the importance of teaching students to “… evaluate the arguments of others, arguments they hear every day” as a skill that is “critical to participating in a democratic society.”
Through this unit, students will learn the skills to successfully argue a claim by supporting it with logical reasoning, evidence, and explanation from reading and research of credible sources. By using the context of children’s rights, teachers can connect the idea of learning argument skills to Hillock’s idea of thinking critically about global issues and advocating for their rights and the rights of others.
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Children Have the Right to…