Argument Writing - Book Rationale for Banned Books

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  1. This bundle of lessons and activities makes teaching argumentative writing and rhetorical analysis easy! Use bell ringers, paired passages, graphic organizers, task cards, research activities, and Trashketball in these varied lessons to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of individual stud
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In this engaging lesson, students use argumentative writing to provide a rationale for the study of banned or challenged books. Students participate in a short research activity to discover the charges against the books, then use a note catcher graphic organizer to help them identify text examples that demonstrate the educational value of their books. They annotate for life lessons, character connections, pathways to understanding, and real-world relationships. After gathering their text evidence, students are guided through the writing process with a series of handouts, eventually completing an argumentative essay. This resource also includes a fun bookmark extension activity.

The following handouts are included in the 15-page file:

-teacher instructions

-anticipation guide

-graphic organizers

-writing prompt

-peer review handout

-proofreading handout



This can be used as a culminating activity at the end of a novel study or as a stand-alone lesson for Banned Books Week.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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