You already know that The Flipbook provides students with a structured framework for comparing and contrasting two texts or speakers, that it scaffolds the rhetorical analysis process, and that it prompts students to engage in close reading…
But, you’re wondering how it works. In short, The Flipbook is a “pamphlet” (consisting of three double-sided pages… six sides in total…) that folds to create five tabs for your students: Reference, Rhetorical Triangle, Rhetorical Devices, Close Reading, and Synthesis & Analysis. Each tab contains its own scaffolds and prompts to promote student engagement with the texts at hand.
The Flipbook works wonderfully as a reusable framework for analysis — perfect for homework. Simply assign two texts and let your kiddos tear them apart a la Flipbook. Paired speeches on YouTube work just as well as written texts… and live political debates are, perhaps, the most fun of all.
TeachArgument represents the efforts of passionate educators across the country to inspire their students to become lifelong learners, thinkers, and lovers of literacy. All of our resources are consistent with this goal; every lesson and unit plan, every game, and every pop culture analysis was created with the intention of enhancing learning, deepening thinking, and fostering a love for reading and writing.
It is our pleasure to share this vision and these materials with like-minded educators. You will notice that our resources deal primarily with “argument” — that is, rhetorical analysis, argumentative writing, and critical thinking. We are fortunate to work with teachers at almost every grade level, college writing professors, school administrators, and educational researchers. In turn, our materials are privileged to have been impacted by each of their perspectives.
We build our resources on a Common Core framework, integrate the kind of thinking that is essential for success next generation tests, incorporate pedagogical strategies that align with new teacher evaluation frameworks, and all the while, hold true to the things we are most truly passionate about: literature, language, and learning.
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