A key skill in writing is to make a claim and support it strongly with arguments
(aka make a point and stand behind it). You can also acknowledge opposing claims and argue against them
(aka prove the other side is wrong).
An example: at some point in February 2013, Kobe Bryant wanted his teammate Dwight Howard to play despite the latter's injuries (I love both Kobe and Dwight, so I will not pick a side). When responding to Kobe's pressure, Dwight responded, "He's [Kobe] not a doctor, I'm not a doctor. That's his opinion."Let's analyze the scenario. Kobe's claim:Claim
: Dwight needed to play because the Lakers needed him to win. Acknowledge and argue against opposing claim
: Dwight's injury was substantial, but Kobe believed the team's urgent need for victories meant some personal sacrifices would be necessary from Dwight. Dwight's claim:Claim
: Dwight knew his own recovery schedule better than anyone. Acknowledge and argue against opposing claim
: Dwight understood that Kobe played through a lot of injuries, but believed Kobe had no medical basis to judge him.
Kudos to Kobe's photo (http://twitter.com/kobebryant
) staging a fake fight between himself and Dwight Howard. Your turn! Present a scenario involving your favorite athletes or celebrities, and discuss both the claims and opposing claims involved.Your Scenario:Relevance to Common Core:
Actually, it is relevant for lower grades and levels too.