In-class activity for supporting materials
Imagine that as you are leaving class today you find a piece of paper on the ground and pick it up. It is a check made out to bearer (it’s in your hand, that’s you!) in the amount of $30,000. However, it is not endorsed. The back of the check says that it will be endorsed if the bearer of the check can prove that they will use it to buy a new safe and reliable car within 48 hours and has a phone number.
So there is a free car in it for you if you can prove to someone that you have chosen a safe and reliable automobile.
Break the students into groups and have them list at least five places they would seek good information on the car. When they finish, make up a master list and then go through each item and put it to the test:
- Is this source likely to be accurate?
- Is its information relevant to your goal?
- Is it possibly biased?
- Is it going to contain up-to-date information?
This leads into a discussion of why supporting materials need to be put to the test and why having a variety of supporting materials will make your arguments stronger.