Analyzing Argumentative Writing - Test Prep Packet

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6th - 8th
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Getting students to analyze the elements of argumentative writing is not an easy task because they struggle to dig deep enough into the author's purpose, claim, and reasoning. This Argumentative Writing Packet digs deeper into the author's purpose in the writing, includes MULTIPLE different activities, and includes the high rigor needed to meet the standards.

Topic: The Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace

Product Includes:

  • Standard Self-Assessment Tool
  • Argumentative Passage
  • Passage Interactive Activity
  • Context Clues Activity
  • Graphic Organizer Sort Activity
  • Graphic Organizer Cheat Sheet
  • Evidence-Based Question Set
  • Transition Words Activity
  • Transition Words Notes Sheet
  • Counterclaim & Rebuttal Extension Activity
  • Counterclaim & Rebuttal Notes Sheet

Students will be able to reflect on their own knowledge about each of the standards with a self-assessment activity and standards-aligned questions. Each question is labeled by standard and the DOK level.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., bullheaded, willful, firm, persistent, resolute).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending).


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