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The Layer Cake: A Visual Design for Evidence-Based Arguments

John Arthur

John Arthur

6th Grade Teacher
Salt Lake City, Utah

John Arthur is the 2021 Teacher of the Year for the Salt Lake City School District.  He is a National Board Certified 6th grade teacher, an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Westminster College, and he represents the Asian community on the Advisory Committee on Equity of Educational Services for Students for the Utah State Board of Education.

Video description

There are 5 essential pieces you need when designing a winning argument: evidence, reasoning,  your  claim, counterclaims, and personal  finishes that  make the argument your own.  It’s only 5 things, but  it’s difficult for kids to keep  them  all straight  without a picture that shows  them  how those parts are interconnected and work together.  So, I developed a simple way  of helping students visualize  the design of an argument. In this talk, I will share this design and discuss how I use it to paint a clear, memorable picture in the minds of students.

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Additional information

When: 07/18/2020 - 12:00am
Duration: 8:49
Language: English