Argumentative Writing Unit: This argument writing unit includes everything you need to teach your middle and high school students about understanding nonfiction text and writing an argument essay. This resource includes an editable PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction and supplementary teaching resources, handouts, assignments, and more.
There are two different files in the zipped download.
- An engaging and editable 25-slide PowerPoint presentation
- A PDF document with supplementary materials.
The PowerPoints is a multi-day presentation that teaches students about the basics of argumentative writing and informational texts. This lesson covers the differences between persuasive and argumentative writing, purpose, audience, tone, diction, and the rhetorical triangle. It also includes a guided practice for identifying elements of the rhetorical triangle in President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. After teaching students about the basics of informational texts, the PowerPoint guides students through the steps of writing an argumentative essay.
The supplementary material includes:
NEW: Standards-based unit outline
NEW: Argument Essay Writing Sketch Notes
- Two informational text activities (one for the rhetorical triangle and one for diction)
- An argumentative essay assignment with a link to 200 possible topics
NEW: Two new organizers to help students research and plan their essays
- Thesis writing organizer
- Counter argument organizer
- Two argument essay outlines
- An easy-to-understand peer review worksheet
- Two different grading rubrics (one with set and one with fill-in-the-blank points values)
UPDATE: THIS RESOURCE WAS UPDATED ON 6/10/2019
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