Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Today, we will begin to prepare for our debate over reparations. As we finish Frederick Douglass' powerful Narrative, we will explore how governments deal with tragedies and crimes from their past.

You will receive an index card today telling you whether you are FOR or AGAINST reparations for slavery in America. Here is the assignment overview which we'll discuss today. 

Our debate will begin on Friday, and to prepare you will each need one full page of notes to support your side. After the debate, you will have a chance to share what you really believe after conducting your research.

Follow the guidelines set up in our mini-lesson on credibility today to find solid sources, and be sure to remember the rhetorical triangle!

Here are a few sources to get you started today:

20/20 ABC News overview of the reparations debate in recent years

A Huffington Post piece explaining a step-by-step overview of why and how reparations are needed

A National Review magazine article against reparations.

"The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Begin with these articles and start taking notes that you feel will be helpful in the debate. Also, please do use other sources--just make sure they follow the guidelines in our credibility talk!

Our word of the day today is REPARATION, which is: the righting of a wrong; payment for a past wrong.

For tonight, be sure to finish reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (through page 69--end of the book).

Much peace!

Mr. R

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