Using informational articles with opposing views, students read then use chart to collect evidence, determine the author's point of view, and then explain their own thinking on the subject backed by evidence. Finally, students will determine their own position. This is a great organizer for researching before discussion and drafting.
Set up as a smart goal with a 40 point rubric built in for easy grading. Although CCSS are referenced for 7th grade it is easily converted to 5th, 6th, and 8th grades.