Topic Focus 1 Prewrite
1. Introduction Notes:
Mrs. Stephenss story about the adults who have to keep coming back to the high school
to retake the graduation test to earn degree
Standardized testing background and No Child Left Behind
R1: There is no effective way to eliminate prostitution.
SR1: There will always be prostitutes and people who will pay for them.
R2: Street crime associated with prostitution will be around as long as prostitution is illegal.
R1: Meat is not a necessary part of our diet.
SR1: Many around the world survive without eating meat.
R2: Meat is unhealthy.
SR1: How much disease would we prevent if we left meat out of our diets?
R3: The production of meat is detri
R1: Children need regular social interaction with other children, which is one thing daycare
Consider each of the following sources. Explain why you would or would not tend to believe
each source. Then, see if you can derive a general rule about when to be skeptical.
b. A story about aliens in the New York Times.
3.1 - Think of a time in your life when you made one of the thinking errors based on insufficient
evidence. Explain the situation and explain which type of insufficient evidence error it was.
Usually, the freshman softball players put away all
1. What surprised you the most about plagiarism?
I am surprised how easy it is to plagiarize. The items on the first page are things I
have seen students do many times. However, most students do
What is the total population for each country? Which countrys population is growing the
fastest? What is the median age?
Australias current population is 22,015,576 people, while Brazils population is 199,321,413
people. Obviously, much more
Topic Focus 1
March 3, 2013
The Truth about Standardized Testing
During my junior year in high school, my United States history teacher, Mrs. Stephens,
explained to us the importance of passing the graduation test. She told us the
How much do you know about your topic? Is this a topic with which you are very familiar?
Which aspects of the topic are you most informed or most ignorant about?
I had to take standardized tests like the SAT to get
R: I only have fifteen dollars.
C: I cannot go see the doctor.
A: I do not have enough money to see the doctor.
R: I dont want to be lost in class today.
C: I must get my assignment done.
A: I will be lost in class if I do not get my as