Our Examples and Anecdotes lesson plan explores the differences between examples and anecdotes, using them in writing, and identifying them in text and content. In addition, students are shown the problems with anecdotes, especially when anecdotal evidence is used instead of facts about a claim or situation. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively, with a partner, on an activity in which they take turns picking topics out of a hat and telling anecdotes about the topic and then share them with the class, developing their public speaking skills. Students are also asked to tell whether each given statement is related to Anecdotes, Examples, or Facts in order to demonstrate that they can differentiate between them.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and identify examples and anecdotes, use them with their writing, and explain problems with using anecdotes.