Capstone Preparation: Call to Action!


  • ELAGSE9-10W7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    1. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    2. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
    3. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
    4. Establish and maintain an appropriate style and objective tone.
    5. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Learning Target: I can support my claim in my capstone presentation by identifying a call to action in an example article, so that I can create my own call to action for my presentation.

Opening Session:

Grab your Springboard books! We’re going to flashback to page 210 and look at an article we studied earlier in the semester, “Diners Should Pay Attention to Workers, Not Just the Food.” This article contains a call to action, which is a fancy way of saying it asks the reader to DO something. Take a few minutes to read over the article to refresh your memory, then identify the call to action. We’ll go over this as a class.

Work Session:

A major component of your capstone presentation is your call to action. You’re going to be asking the judges to take action to help fix the social issue you wrote about. Although it’s probably impossible for one single person to completely erase the issue you wrote about, EVERYONE can do something to help make it better.

This part of your presentation is really important, so we’re going to start working on it today. Grab your laptop, pull up your Social Issue essay, and create a new document in that same folder called “Call To Action.”

Here is an example article that’s all about a call to action: How to Be an Ally to Your POC Cosplayers This article is relevant to the cosplay community – people who dress up in character for things like Comicon or DragonCon – and explains a little about the issue of lack of diversity in the cosplay world, and how someone can help. We will go over this article as a class!

Take the rest of the work session today and start composing your own call to action. Write it out as a series of steps in that document you just created. Think carefully about it – things like “just be nice to people” aren’t really helpful, are they?

Closing Session: Share two or three of your call to action steps with a neighbor. We’ll call on a few pairs to share out!

Assessment: Summative (capstone presentation), Formative (Closing check-in)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Choice (student choice of social issues)

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