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Eating Insects Argumentative Assignment

The New York Times published a video that is a perfect introduction to an argumentative essay writing assignment. Check out the video below:

What Insects Can Learn From Lobsters About Rebranding | NYT Opinion

This opinion piece was fascinating and very informative. It offered multiple perspectives and was also interesting to watch. I used the video to introduce an argumentative writing assignment this week. Students first watched the video and took notes in their Writer’s Notebooks. Then, we discussed the key ideas in the video and students shared whether they would eat insects or not.

The next day I provided students two different articles about eating insects. One article I paired down from a Time Magazine article by Aryan Baker titled “They’re Healthy. They’re Sustainable. So Why Don’t Humans Eat More Bugs?” (February 26, 2021). The second article from EatCrickster.com, “Edible Insects: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” by Amy Gardner, I also edited to provide more of the cons for farming and eating insects. Students read the articles and coded the text. Then we created a PRO/CON chart on the Smartboard collaborating the findings from the article.

Now students will write an argumentative essay about whether food companies and restaurants should introduce insects into the Western diet for daily consumption and an alternative source of protein. 

Writing Assignment: Eating Insects

Eating Insects Argumentative Writing prompt

Write an argumentative essay about whether food companies and restaurants should introduce insects into the Western diet for daily consumption and an alternative source of protein. 

  • Write a multi paragraph argumentative essay in which you take a stance on the topic of whether  food companies and restaurants should introduce insects into the Western diet for daily consumption and an alternative source of protein. 
  • Make sure you establish an argumentative claim, address potential counterarguments, and support your claim from the sources you have read. 
  • Develop your ideas clearly and use your own words, except when quoting directly from sources.
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Writing a Thesis: An Interactive Foldable

This summer I have become obsessed with interactive notebooks. We know that in the real world scientists, writers, mathematicians, and historians all keep notebooks to collect their ideas, hypotheses, artifacts, and notes related to their interests and studies.  Why not have our students keep a notebook for the same purposes.  Interactive notebooks or journals are a place for students to house notes, ideas, and understandings. What makes an interactive notebook different from a journal is that interactive notebooks are three dimensional, colorful, include both teacher and student generated notes, and are a resource for key concepts and ideas.

There are some amazing teachers online who have created interactive notebook templates that are informative and engaging.  My FAVORITE interactive notebook ideas and lesson for reading literature and non fiction text come from Erin Cobb, middle school teacher and blogger.  If you are looking for interactive math journal ideas, teacher and blogger, Jen Runde, creates many ideas that pop off the pages of her students’ journals.

This summer I have been using the interactive notebooks with my summer school students and I am excited to start them with my middle school students this September.  Inspired by all the interactive notebook ideas that I have been pinning and reading  online, I have created my first interactive notebook foldable for my students on writing a thesis for a persuasive essay.

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Click here for a free copy of the template and lesson created on writing a thesis for a persuasive essay.

 

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