Introduce the art of writing argument with a visually-pleasing and engaging PowerPoint. Next, distribute a classroom set of the Persuasive Writing and Argument Writing Cheat Sheets to help students understand the fundamentals of the two genres.Then have students plan arguments in pairs.
#1: Persuasive Writing and Argument Writing Cheat Sheets
Purpose: To help students understand the fundamentals of the two genres
Categories on the Cheat Sheets include:
1) Purpose, 2) Strategy, 3) Phrases, 4) Style and Essential Elements.
#2: 20 Paired Activity Planning Cards
Purpose: To give step by step support to student pairs as they plan an argument piece
Each card includes: 1) a Topic/Issue, 2) Getting Started Information, and 3) a Research Planning Guide.
#3: An Introductory PowerPoint (pdf format)
Purpose: To help students internalize the components of Argument Writing
Collaborative Argument Planning Sheet
Full-size versions of the Paired Activity Planning Cards
Added in 2017: Two secured versions of the Argument Writing 101 Presentation (one PDF version and one PowerPoint version) and rebuttal samples
What teachers have said about this resource:
♥ Several administrators stopped by when the arguments were taking place, and this lesson ended up being a huge hit with students and principals. Thank you!
♥ This is a wonderful resource! You have activities, detailed plans and instructions - and a visually appealing PowerPoint to help with the lessons. I will definitely use this in the fall when we begin working on argumentative and persuasive writing.
♥ What an incredible resource. So many interesting topics for students to choose from. Super writing support and guidance throughout.
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