Develop a PowerPoint presentation that argues for or against college readiness driving school curriculum.

One of the primary values associated with the Common Core State Standards (CUSS) is college readiness. Develop a PowerPoint presentation that argues for or against college readiness driving school curriculum. This argument should follow the Manitoulin Model for Argumentation (Wheeler, n.d.) explained below:

Slide 1: Title page

Slide 2: Introduction of the problem or topic

Material to get the reader’s attention (a “hook”)

Introduce problem or topic

Introduce your claim or thesis, perhaps with accompanying qualifiers that limit the scope of the argument. (This will help you cut down the topic to a manageable length.)

Slide 3: Offer data (reasons or evidence) to support the argument

Datum #1

Datum #2

(and so on)

Slide 4: Explore warrants that show how the data is connected logically with other data

Warrant #1

Warrant #2

(and so on)

Slide 5: Offer factual backing to show the logic used in the warrants is good in terms of realism and theory

Backing for warrant #1

Backing for warrant #2

(and so on)

Slide 6: Discuss counter-arguments and provide rebuttal

Counter-argument #1

Rebuttal to counter-argument #1

Counter-argument #2

Rebuttal to counter-argument #2

(and so on)

Slide 7: Conclusion

Implications of the argument, summation of points, or final evocative thought to ensure the reader remembers the argument

Slide 8: Reference page with SPA-style references

These additional References on College Readiness may be helpful in preparing your presentation.

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in SPA style.



Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues (Once, 2015)

Unit 1 – 1.2: Should the Curriculum Be Standardized for All?

YES: The Prepaid Proposal: Rediscovering the Essence of Education (Adler, 1982/2015)

NO: Escape from Childhood (Holt, 1974/2015)

Unit 2 – 2.3: Do American Schools Need a Common Curriculum?

YES: A Call for Common Content (Albert Shaker Institute, 2011/2015)

NO: Closing the Door on Innovation (Greene, Stocky, Avers, Forster, & Thurman, 2011/2015)

Unit 1 – 1.5: Should “Public Schooling” Be Redefined?

YES: What Is a ‘Public School’? Principles for a New Century (Hess, 2004/2015)

NO: A Response to Frederick Hess (Nathan, Nathan, Bathetic, & Clinch, 2004/2015)


Rethinking College Readiness (Conley, 2008) [PDF]

Common Core State Standards (June 2010) [OPT]

Myths v. Facts About Common Core State Standards (Common Core State Standards, n.d.) [PDF]

Manitoulin Model for Argumentation (Wheeler, n.d.) [PDF]

Next Generation Science Standards (Achieve, 2013) [PDF]

Read the Standards (Common Core State Standards Initiative, n.d.) [Web page]

References on College Readiness [PDF]


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