Modeled off of Kelly Gallagher’s Article of Week, the mentor argument texts on the page are intended to help students regularly practice analytic reading skills while simultaneously building the prior knowledge that is so important in becoming a strong reader. As the title of this page implies, they are updated on a weekly basis, and they come from a wide range of sources across multiple topics.
This blog post gives a detailed account of how I use the argument of the week in my classroom.
Please note, as the texts are arguments, the opinions expressed are only those of the author(s) of each text. I have no rhetorical purpose myself in the selection of texts. While students may agree or disagree with the ideas within the arguments, the central focus is on the analytical reading of the arguments.
All sources are subject to the copyright protections stipulated by the original source.
Crime & Justice
Government & Politics
“The United States Is Being Taught by Facts and Events,” by David W. Blight, The Atlantic, March 25, 2020