Give students practice writing arguments with these bell ringer handouts that require them to consider evidence for claims, brainstorm counterarguments, and provide possible refutation.
Each handout starts with an engaging topic for adolescents including some of the following: distracted driving, electronics in class, the high school dropout age, employment restrictions for teens, cyber bullying, college entrance exam requirements, public displays of affection, tanning bed age restrictions, ADHD medication prescriptions, etc. There are 30 topics in total (avoiding cliché topics such as abortion or gun control) and a blank template which allows the teacher or students to write their own claims. If you give one topic per day, these could last you for six school weeks!
Instructions for using the bell ringers and a sample key for one topic are provided in the resource. Furthermore, several suggestions are provided for using these handouts as other activities.
Want more prompts for teaching argument writing? Here's my newest set of bell ringers:
Argument Bell Ringers #2
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