In grades six through twelve students are expected to be able to write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning as well as relevant and sufficient evidence.
This publication from Quality Curriculum is designed to give students opportunities to develop the skills required to evaluate complex texts across a range of types and disciplines, and construct effective arguments that convey intricate or multifaceted information—supporting arguments with logical reasoning and relevant evidence using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the given topic or text.
Since the writing process applies to practically any type of substantive writing, a full description of its steps is also provided at the end the booklet for those students unfamiliar with how to apply the writing process when producing written works.
The booklet covers…
Spotting misleading quotes and unfair emotional appeals
Identifying claims that are blatantly false
Differentiating between statements that are factual and those that are not
Discerning when an unsupported claim is being made
Judging rightly arguments that present insufficient evidence
Weighing the relevance of information said to support a given position
Assessing the validity of arguments offered in defense of particular positions
Evaluating whether the logic behind an argument is sound
Recognizing when propositions are based on fallacies
It addresses such Common Core Standards as…
RI.6.8, SL.6.3, W.6.9.b
RI.7.8, SL.7.3, W.7.9.b, W.7.1.e
RI.8.8, SL.8.3, W.8.1, W.8.1.e
9-10.RI.8, 9-10.W.9.b, 9-10.W.1, 9-10.W.1.e
11-12.RI.5, 11-12.RI.7, 11-12.W.6, 11-12.W.9.b, 11-12.W.1, 11-12.W.1.e