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This is a two in one kit to assist in the teaching of writing argumentative essays and debating the topic! Writing argumentative essays this way is FUN and the students enjoy writing their essay outlines as they prepare for their debates. This is a great way for students to practice presenting claims, reasons, and strong evidence. When they hear it out loud before writing their essays, it makes a world of difference in strengthening their case they are arguing when it comes time to write.
The building essay-
Students will be able to spend multiple lessons (called rounds within the lesson) constructing arguments that build with a new piece of an argumentative essay every time. In the final round they are writing a full outline for an argumentative essay and then getting to "go to court" to debate the topic! These arguments can be used for a full class debate and then turned into their outlines for an argumentative essay afterwards.