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Evaluating Arguments & Rhetoric Unit: Finding Fallacies & Propaganda
Want an engaging 2-week unit to make your students far more precise, critical readers of nonfiction? Ready to tiptoe past the boring basics of argument and delve into the positive and negative writing techniques that real authors and speakers use? This unit has been a big hit with my students for t
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Earth Day Activity - Evaluating an Argument -  Supports Common Core!
Evaluating an Argument - Critical reading for Earth Day or anytime. PowerPoint slides helps students understand how to evaluate an argument, a critical reading skill. Students learn that evaluate means to judge a selection by looking for the author's main point, whether it is supported by evidence

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Evaluating Arguments, Claims, Evidence: Killer Whales in Captivity Debate
Updated in 2017 as the debate continues (and killer whales continue to be captured and sold worldwide). Authentic, relevant, in-depth argument examination! Truly delves into both sides of this hotly debated issue by examining and analyzing multiple primary sources. Step-by-Step guided activity leads
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Evaluating an Argument
This two page graphic organizer is a great way to help students determine a writer's argument and evaluate if the argument is strong and well supported or weak and lacking support. It can be used with ANY argumentative/persuasive text. It walks students step by step through an essay or article, all
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Evaluating an Argument
This product is aligned to the standard RI.6.8 (evaluating an argument). I have used this in my classroom after teaching the main points of an argument essay, and almost at completion when students are aware of the set-up of an argumentative essay. There are three different pieces to this product
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Titanic:  Writing and Evaluating Arguments
This document includes two writing tasks. Both involve writing and evaluating arguments using the nonfiction account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. Both tasks use citations from the text as support. Thirty plus citations are included that could be used in b
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Evaluating Argumentative Text Mini-Unit
**Updated to include new link in Lesson 1.** Teach your students to analyze and evaluate persuasive arguments in this mini-unit! As students read several articles about the debate on killing barred owls to save spotted owls, students will learn to identify and trace the central argument, claims, s
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Delineate and Evaluate Arguments and Claims & Assess Reasoning and Evidence
NEWLY UPDATED!!! This is an essential question and focus questions Thinking Map way to introduce and teach 8th grade informational text standard CCSS RI.8.8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant an
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In this video, I will show you how to use lists to get better, more authentic writing from your students. Easy to incorporate into any writing program, the lists your students create can be used to generate topics for narrative pieces, as well as pieces that inform/explain and evaluate (persuasive,
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Common Core: Evaluating an Argument
This lesson plan contains: Directions, Warm-up, Word Study, Articles, Questions and Writing Activity.
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Evaluating Arguments
I used this powerpoint to introduce the concept of evaluating arguments and lead a discussion on the "guts" of developing an argument. While you can strictly use the resource as notes, it also works very well to get students talking and sharing real-life examples that connect to the standard. :)
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Evaluating the Argument (Developed specifically for the Common Core)
• The "Evaluating the Argument" template can be used on any editorial or argumentative piece! It will challenge your students to think critically and deeply about what they're reading! • This can become a weekly activity or assignment! Simply search the web for any editorial; I like to use the "
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Evaluating Arguments in Text Printable Worksheet, Grade 6
This Worksheet Includes: * Practice questions to help students master Evaluating Arguments in Text * Detailed Answer explanations for every question Plus access to Online Resources which include: * Additional practice questions * Instructional videos and mobile apps related to the learning objectiv
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Evaluating an Argument
This simple PowerPoint was designed to be used as printed notes for 8th grade students, but can be used in grades 6-12. Students should already be aware of how to find claims, evidence, and warrants in a text before attempting this step of evaluating.
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Tracing and Evaluating an Argument - Seventh Grade - Playlist and Teaching Notes
Students explore standard RI.7.8 with this playlist. They will trace and evaluate an argument and specific claims in a text. Students will assess whether the reasoning an author uses is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims. Students also have the option to view ins
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Engage Your Student! Augmented Reality 6th Grade English - Evaluating Arguments
Augmented Reality for 6th Grade English Common Core aligned (flexible enough for non-core curriculum) Evaluating Arguments. Includes 1 worksheet and answer key, along with easy to follow directions on how to access each unique Augmented Reality worksheet. At the bottom of each worksheet is a distin
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Grades 6-8 Delineate and Evaluate Arguments and Specific Claims
6th-8th Grade Mini Assessment and Extended Response Performance Task Students will write an argumentative essay to justify their claim—Does the author provide sufficient evidence to support the inference... This includes the following items: Authentic text for analysis Multiple choice questions f
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Delineate and Evaluate Arguments and Claims & Assess Reasoning and Evidence
This was free for two hours!!! This is an engaging student-ready unit to practice with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade informational text standard CCSS RI.6.8, 7.8, and 8.8. 6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidenc
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7th Grade Evaluating Arguments CCSS Assessment
This is a 20 question multiple choice CCSS Assessment that measures student mastery of the following standards: RI.7.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims. RI.7.6:
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Tracing and Evaluating and Argument: Should we Eat Insects?
Think eating bugs sounds disgusting? Your students will too, that is, until they learn more about the practice of entomophagy, or eating insects! This lesson includes several articles on the practice of eating insects and examines the question, "Should insects become a regular part of the human diet
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Tracing and Evaluating an Argument - Sixth Grade - Playlist and Teaching Notes
Our playlists are “no prep” Common Core aligned lessons designed for small group work, homework, remediation, or extension around a single standard. This content-rich multimedia lesson integrates original instruction with web-based resources to guide students through the rigors of the aligned standa
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Evaluating Arguments: How Does the Internet Affect Our Intelligence?
These questions correspond to Nicholas Carr's "Does the Internet Make You Dumber?" http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704025304575284981644790098 and Clay Shirky's "Does the Internet Make You Smarter?" http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704025304575284973472694334 The questions wo
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Reading and Evaluating Arguments
This PPT is adapted from material in "Everything's an Argument" and includes: elements of an argument types of argument evaluating an argument and errors in logical reasoning
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8th Grade CCSS Evaluating Arguments Assessment Bundle RI.8
This product is an excellent tool to utilize while teaching your 8th graders how to properly evaluate arguments. The bundle includes test times that follow the following formats: -3 Constructed Response Items (Rubric Included) -3 Multiple Response Items -25 Multiple Choice Items The bundle assesse
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Trace and Evaluate an Argument, Claims, & Evidence (RI.6.8); KIM Chart
Simple to use KIM Chart for your students. Will work for 5 and 7th grade as well. Includes the following words: argument counter-argument claim evidence reasoning trace evaluate relevant irrel
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Evaluating an Argument Activity Sheet
This sheet is built around students evaluating an argument from an argumentative text. It works very well with opinion articles from NewsELA, but it can accompany any argumentative/persuasive piece.
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Grades 6-8 Delineate and Evaluate Arguments and Specific Claims
6th-10th Grade Mini Assessment and Extended Response Performance Task This includes the following items: Authentic Speech for analysis—“Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!" by Patrick Henry Open-ended questions for RI 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, & 10 Students will write an argumentative essay to justify their
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6th Grade CCSS Evaluating Arguments Assessment Bank
This product contains several CCSS assessment items that assess student mastery of the following standards: RI.6.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text. RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguis
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9TH/10TH GRADE CCSS Evaluating Arguments Assessment
This product is a 26 question multiple choice assessment that measures student mastery of the following common core standard: RI.9-10.8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify
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Tracing and Evaluating an Argument: Should the Driving Age Be Raised
Students will utliize articles from the NY Times that consider the possibility of raising the driving age. Students will examine methods used by authors to support their claims. Students will use graphic organizers to help them trace the arguments, as well as to aid them in write objective summari
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Evaluating Arguments and Analyzing Information
Students use this worksheet to organize their notes when reading 2 article on the same subject. They are then able to visually see which article has more relevant reliable information. Best if used after a lesson on website reliability, and fact v. opinion.
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Evaluating an Argument Worksheet
This is a great tool to use when teaching students to identify different parts of an argument. It's a generic worksheet that can be used with any argument you may find - I would look for argument articles on current topics and let my students pick which article they wanted to use to complete this pa
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Reading and Evaluating Arguments
This PPT is adapted from material in "Everything's an Argument" and includes: elements of an argument types of argument evaluating an argument and errors in logical reasoning
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Reading and Evaluating Arguments
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Evaluating Argument:  Letter to Viceroy, Lord Irwin
This 4 day lesson plan includes all of the necessary components to assist your students in evaluating arguments for sound reasoning while analyzing seminal documents for literary significance. Each day's lesson includes a bell ringer, whole group lesson, small group mini lesson, exit slip and hom
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Identifying & Evaluating Arguments Chart
This is a blank chart your students can use when identifying the parts of an argument and evaluating for bias/soundness. It has spaces for students to write the main idea/thesis/claim, bias, reasons, evidence, counterargument/claim, and rebuttal. I used this in the classroom when giving students cop
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Evaluating an Argument Graphic Organizer and Checklist
STANDARDS-BASED GRAPHIC ORGANIZER DOK 3 Use this graphic organizer to teach students to evaluate an argument; there is a checklist included that asks students to identify each element of an argument, and there is second page that asks students to go back through the text that you assign (no article
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Engage Your Student! Augmented Reality 7th Grade English - Evaluating Arguments
Augmented Reality for 7th Grade English Common Core aligned (flexible enough for non-core curriculum) Evaluating Arguments. Includes 1 worksheet and answer key, along with easy to follow directions on how to access each unique Augmented Reality worksheet. At the bottom of each worksheet is a distin
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Evaluating Argumentative Essays Peer Review Checklist/Feedback Form
As part of the revising & editing process, have students use this checklist/feedback form to evaluate a partner's argumentative essay.
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Tracing and Evaluating an Argument: Should we attend school year round?
Students will delve into this topic, reading numerous articles. Students will use included graphic organizers to identify the author's claim, find examples of the evidence they use to support their claims, find the counter claims and rebuttals, as well as evaluate strong and weak arguments. Student
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Vocab. Graphic Organizer: Cite Evidence (RI.6.1) & Evaluate Arguments (RI.6.8)
Graphic Organizer for Vocabulary study. Includes Key Terms. Includes a space for the following: meaning, reminds me of, and picture/symbol. Very easy to use and to introduce key terms!! PDF
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Delineating and Evaluating an Argument - Playlist and Teaching Notes
Students explore standard RI.8.8 with this playlist. They will delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. Students will assess whether the reasoning used in an argument is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient. They will recognize when irrelevant evidence is intro
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Evaluating Arguments: Sentence Frames - Free Handout!
Great handout for evaluating arguments! If you enjoyed this free resource please leave a review as I build my store.
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Evaluating an Argument Foldable
When asking students to evaluate an author's argument they need to have the correct vocab to use it correctly. Whether done as a class, with partners, or independently, students will be able to use this foldable to add definitions and examples based on the teacher's preference with clear instruction
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Informational Text Interactive Notebook for ANY Text: Grades 7-12
Informational Text Interactive Notebook for ANY Text: Grades 7-12 This product highlights 35 different concepts related to analyzing and evaluating informational text. It is perfect for a "Friday Informational Text Day" where students focus on a new article each Friday as well as a new concept (t
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6th Grade Reading and Language Graphic Organizers Common Core Bundle
Do you need concise, scaffolded instruction for small groups, English learners, and struggling students? This comprehensive resource integrates all 34 6th Grade ELA Common Core Reading Standards for Literature, Informational Text, and Language Standards into ANY text. No need to reinvent the wheel
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The Crucible Literature Guide Full Unit of Study for Teaching The Crucible
Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Crucible Literature Guide Our newly REVISED Literature Guide for Arthur Miller's The Crucible has been written to focus on time-tested best practices for teaching, and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standards, and the
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Rhetoric Mega-Bundle: Appeals, Devices & “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Unit
SAVE ALMOST 40% BY PURCHASING SIX PRODUCTS IN ONE! Strengthen the argumentation skills of your high school and advanced middle school students by helping them learn, identify, analyze and practice rhetorical strategies—both appeals and devices—AND have them apply what they’ve learned using Martin L
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DIGITAL Google Drive Interactive Notebook: Informational Text 7-12
DIGITAL Google Drive Interactive Notebook: Informational Text 7-12 This is a DIGITAL product in which a link is provided to complete an online version of my Informational Text Interactive Notebook. Students will access the assignment through Google Docs. Students will engage in hands-on, interac
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Letter from Birmingham Jail BUNDLE: Rhetorical Analysis Close Reading Unit & PPT
Use Martin Luther King Jr.’s impassioned “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (a CCSS exemplar text) to practice close reading and other key Common Core skills, including analyzing a seminal U.S. text and evaluating rhetorical strategies. Save over 30% by purchasing this comprehensive bundle of four produ
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Argumentative Writing - Common Core Aligned
The unit was designed to teach students about argumentative writing. The Common Core Standards highlight the shift from persuasive writing to argumentative writing, which requires students to use evidence to support and arguable claim. Additionally, students are required to state an opposing view, o
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Argumentative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA
Argumentation in the real world is far more nuanced than standard essays supporting a thesis. Students need practice with a variety of audience types, objectives, structures, and topics. Use this pack of 10 argumentative writing assignments to challenge students in a fun way! This set of assignment
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Roanoke: The Mystery of the Lost Colony:  Theories and Evidence
UPDATED FALL 2016 -Due to the fact that there is new archaeological evidence to consider, I have updated this lesson. What happened to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke is a mystery that has intrigued people for centuries. This lesson allows students to consider the theories about what happened to th
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