Argument Writing: This argument writing teaching unit includes everything you need to teach your middle and high school students about understanding informational text and writing an argument essay. There is an instructional and editable PowerPoint presentation and supplementary teaching resources, handouts, assignments, and more.
There are two different files in the zipped download.
- An engaging and editable, 25 slide PowerPoint
- A PDF document with supplementary materials.
Want a Google version as well? Check out this SMARTePlans Resource:
SMARTePlans Argument Writing Unit (Digital Google & Traditional)
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:
- Two informational text activities (one for the rhetorical triangle and one for diction)
- An argumentative essay assignment with a link to 200 possible topics
Two different graphic organizers that help students develop a thesis and a counterclaim
- 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)
This resource is included in these FOUR bundles:
Secondary English Curriculum: Common Core - Grades 7-10
Ultimate Writing Bundle for Secondary English
Introduction to Writing BUNDLE
Ultimate Argument Writing Bundle (Grades 7-12)
Purchase the Google interactive ePlan instead:
SMARTePlans Argument Writing Unit for Google Drive
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Annotating Text Made Easy - CCSS aligned
Argumentative and Persuasive Writing Strategies: Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Understanding Logical Fallacies - CCSS aligned