It's Round Robin time!

  • First things first... let's start with this!
  • Round One:
    • Your task: Go to each person's seat and read their stance on their topic. Based on what they have written, write a question about their topic...what would you want to know more about? What is unclear?
  • Be thoughtful in asking the questions you pose. You might be helping someone out in a real way, giving them ideas, helping them to look at their topic from a different perspective, etc. After a few minutes, you will move onto the next seat. You will continue doing this until you return your original seat.
  • Find a partner and share what others had to say about your topic, stance, etc!
  • Round Two: Review the questions you received and attempt to come up with a response in the form of a thesis statement. Defend your position/point of view!
  • Class discussion!

Some things to consider as you develop your essay's claim/thesis statement:

An example... (ex: "Cisneros vs. Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970) is considered a critical court decision broadening the scope of the famous Brown vs. Board of Topeka (1954) U.S. Supreme Court decision. It was not until Cisneros vs. CCISD (1970) that segregation of Mexican American students was declared unconstitutional. While past researchers have explored the importance of the case and the historical moments leading up to the case, the organizations and individuals directly involved in the case, very little work has focused on how that case shaped the experiences of those living in the Corpus Christi community, were affected by that decision. This project seeks to address that gap in the literature by recording interviews of Corpus Christian's who directly affected by a forced integration schooling system and the court case.")

  • Claims/Thesis statements must be specific and debatable. Think: If someone read your claim, how could they potentially disagree/debate with you over the topic?
    • Writers can think of their claim as a short summary of their entire essay—a summary that accounts for their position and their support for that position. In this way, a claim serves as the essay’s road map, as something that can help guide the reader through the essay and the sources you use to support your claim.

Use your Round Robin questions to conduct more specific research if necessary (find the answers to the questions you were asked). You may want to search through your sources and see if the issues raised in the questions are in them! You may also use your new search terms to find additional articles and add them to your research!