Comparing Authors’ Presentations and Arguments
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by Brandi Smith
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Comparing Authors’ Presentations and Arguments
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1 pt
RI.3.9 use President Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to respond to the following questions.

How do the texts’ authors differ in their interpretation of the concept of neutrality?
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1 pt
RI.3.9 use President Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to respond to the following questions.

Part A: Select one way in which the Wilson’s speech disagrees with Wiesel’s speech on a matter of fact or interpretation.
Wilson believes that taking sides will cause division within our citizens which will destroy our country’s peace.
Wilson believes that the American people should not read newspapers and magazine about the war.
Wilson believes that the war is justified which is why the United States should stay out of it.
Wilson believes that any American who does not stay neutral should be imprisoned.
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1 pt
RI.3.9 use President Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to respond to the following questions.

Part B: Select a sentence from Wiesel's speech that highlights their disagreement.
Do I have the right to represent the multitudes who have perished? Do I have the right to accept this honor on their behalf? I do not.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim...Sometimes we must interfere ...When human lives are endangered...
Can this be true? This is the 20th century, not the Middle Ages. Who would allow such crimes to be committed?
There is so much to be done. There is so much that can be done...One person of integrity can make a difference...
4
1 pt
RI.3.9 use President Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to respond to the following questions.

Part A: What is Wilson’s stance on America’s involvement in foreign matters?
The United States will do anything we can to support our allies.
The United States’ number one concern is to protect innocent people from injustice.
The United States is forbidden from speaking about foreign matters.
The United States should not involve themselves with the issues occurring abroad.
5
1 pt
RI.3.9 use President Wilson's Declaration of Neutrality and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to respond to the following questions.

Part B: Which line portrays the opposing viewpoint on this issue in Wiesel’s speech?
No one may speak for the dead.
There are victims of hunger and racism in Chile and Ethiopia.
When human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.
I remember it happened yesterday, or eternities ago.
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1 pt
RI.3.8 use Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) to answer the following questions. (*this is the first time students are reading this text)

Select the sentence in paragraphs 1-4 of the text where the author most strongly appeals to the reader’s emotions to support an argument.
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1 pt
RI.3.8 use Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) to answer the following questions. (*this is the first time students are reading this text)

Select the sentence in this text where the author introduces irrelevant evidence.
The rate of cancer in McFarland is 400 percent above normal.
Toxic exposure to pesticides begin at a very young age- often in the womb.
This is why I embarked on a 36 day unconditional water-only fast.
According to scientific studies side effects include: birth defects, sterility, miscarriages, and stillbirths.
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1 pt
RI.3.8 use Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) to answer the following questions. (*this is the first time students are reading this text)

Select the main argument of the text provided.
Chavez argues that pesticides are responsible for the illness and deaths of the farmworkers.
Chavez argues that grapes are a health hazard.
Chavez argues that hunger strikes will rid your body of pesticides.
Chavez argues nonviolent protests will stop the use of pesticides.
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1 pt
RI.3.8 use Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) to answer the following questions. (*this is the first time students are reading this text)

Select a sentence containing relevant and supportive evidence for this argument.
The fields that surround their homes are heavily and repeatedly sprayed. Pesticides pollute irrigation water and groundwater.
I talked with farmworker, listened to their families and shared their anguish.
It (the fast) is something i felt compelled to do to purify my own body, mind and soul.
It is my hope that our friends everywhere will resist in many nonviolent ways the presence of grapes in the stores where they shop.
10
1 pt
RI.3.7 use Political cartoon- protest vs. indifference to answer questions and Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to answer the following questions

How does the political cartoon relate to Chavez’ and Wiesel’s message?
It addresses the issue of pesticides and how they harm farmworkers.
It shows the divide between someone making a stand for what they believe in vs someone who doesn’t care.
It alludes the the devastation that took place during the Holocaust
It illustrates that it difficult for one person to make a difference in the world.
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1 pt
RI.3.7 use Political cartoon- protest vs. indifference to answer questions and Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to answer the following questions

Select an advantage of using a chart or infographic to present information about pesticide usage.
It can show a timeline of events of Chavez’ activism.
It can show how they help crops and people.
It could show the statistics of farm workers who experienced health issues and death because of pesticide use.
It could show the story of 5 year old Johnnie Rodriguez and how he met an untimely death.
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1 pt
RI.3.7 use Political cartoon- protest vs. indifference to answer questions and Address by Caesar Chavez (Springboard 3.19) and Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech (Springboard 3.15) to answer the following questions

What limitations are realized when using a political cartoon to present the topic?
Readers may not like cartoons.
Readers can appreciate the humor in a serious situation.
Readers are presented with a visual to associate with the topic which will aid them in understanding the message.
Readers may not understand the subtlety of the message. The argument is not as clear as it would be presented in a written text.
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