Class Agenda #34 – Evaluating the Evidence, Half Day Edition

Opener – How would you describe a typical High School Relationship? Try to limit yourself to 10 words in share.

  • Get out your NOTEBOOK (Can Be Digital) 
  • Share Out (2)
  • 3 (Min) Write- Use preciese langauge to describe a “typical high school relationship.”
  • Notebooks, Seats, Writing Utensil, Homework
  • #501 “All My Life” K-Ci & JoJo (1997 – 5:31) 
  • Mini-Lesson
    • SLT I- I can use precise language in my claims, discussions and explanations of “Alibi”
    • SLT II- I can evaluate how Adnan Syed’s use of precise language affected his case.
    • SLT III- I can evaluate how people involved in Adnan’s case use precise language in their accounts.
    • SLT- I can correctly use the word “evaluate.”
    • SLT- I can utilize our “Accountable Talk Anchor Chart” in discussions with my peers.
    • SLT- I can work in groups to use the “Final Word” Protocol in discussion of “Alibi”
    • SLT- I can collaborate with my peers to Evaluate the Evidence in Adnan’s Case.
    • SLT- I can identify evidence in Episode #2 of Serial “The Breakup” and evaluate it’s importance.
  • Last week we focused on Evaluating Evidence.
  • Based on the evidence we made a claim concerning Adnan’s innocence or guilt.
  • If a lawyer went to trial based on what we heard, what type of lawyer would they be?

Read Aloud- Serial Podcast Episode #2 “The Breakup”

  • CFU #1- Turn and Talk
    • Based on the opening, use precise language to describe the beginning of Adnan and Hae’s relationship.
    • How might the Prosecution use this against Adnan? How might the defense use this in support of him?
  • CFU#2- WHOLE CLASS then Stop and Jot
    • The show states-“That’s Adnan. Since he and Hae both had immigrant parents, they understood the expectations, and the constraints.”
      • What were the “expectations” and what were the “constraints”?
      • How might the Prosecution use this against Adnan?
      • How might the Defense use this for him?
    • CFU #3 Stop and Jot-
      • Evaluate the evidence so far based on “The Breakup” looking for counter claims first.
        • Which evidence most disproves your thinking and why? Be precise with your language.
        • Final Word Protocol at your tables. (30 seconds/shared)
        • Share Out

 Exit Ticket- Self Reflect- How comfortable are you evaluating evidence to identify counter claims?


Practice note taking by reading articles from the #validus. Work on Cornell Notes in your notebook.

Add the Summary at the end of your notes.

Bonus for the Brave- Summarize your article in the Comments section.

Be Precise in your language.

Share Out


1 thought on “Class Agenda #34 – Evaluating the Evidence, Half Day Edition

  1. Rosalva Rivera

    Title: ‘The Hardest Thing About Being A Cheetah”
    Summary- Part of the great life on Earth are the animals. Animals are a really great use and help to the community. In the article “The Hardest Thing About Being A Cheetah” Katy Waldman indicates the number of cheetahs in Africa that had been decreasing over the past years until this day, the year of 2014. The author indicates that it is not because of the other predators such as the Hyenas that are capturing them but because of the humans. The food of the cheetahs had been taken away by the humans. Therefore, since they did not have enough food they had to walk for miles in order to hunt for food. However, not always did they make it through, some unfortunately died and that cause a decline in the number of cheetahs. Cheetahs have a a great characteristic of being able to hunt and walk for miles.


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