Argument Writing - Writer's Workshop Version for Middle School

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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This is an outstanding version of an How to teach Argument writing. It uses the writer's workshop approach to Argument. I GUARANTEE that you will be very very impressed by this 99 slide powerpoint teaching argument writing unit. Students will learn how to write sophisticated claims, supported by evidence and thorough reasoning in an engaging multi-media format.

The unit is divided into three bends or sections:

Bend one
Students learn a debate protocol that they then use at the beginning of many sessions in order to get themselves familiar with the idea of presenting claims, evidence, rebuttals etc.

Bend two
Students learn some new note-taking strategies such as Cornell notes, Visual note-taking, and using the recently released notice and note non-fiction note-taking strategies. This bend beautifully models for students how to engage in non-fiction reading and extract information in a way that shows deep thinking about content. What is absolutely outstanding in this section is that four research topics are given and for each topic at least five links to possible sources for students to use in the class to research these topics. E.g. use of phones in the classroom, healthy eating, nuclear power, and technology in the classroom. These then become the topics from which students select for their final argument paper. This section also contains a lesson on ethos, pathos, and logos so that students learn the techniques of rhetoric.

Bend three
This section of the unit walks kids through the writing of an argument essay. It begins with teaching kids how to transfer their notes into an outline. Students then learn about warrants and quote sandwiches for the main body of their pieces. Students go on to learn a variety of lead techniques and the bend finishes with students learning how to write conclusions that use techniques such as a call to action and prognosticating.

Students also learn a wide variety of different persuasive craft moves such as principles of authority, statistics, bandwagon and so much more. The unit contained multiple different mentor text that students can use as models for their own writing.

In addition, a rubric, videos, graphic organizers, student samples, teacher samples, teacher directions and so much more are provided.

This is a step by step lesson by lesson guide that can easily be used from fifth grade all the way up to ninth-grade. Teachers would simply just decide what content to take out as this unit provides so many various options at many different ability levels.

If you simply want a series of worksheets and graphic organisers for kids to fill in the gaps - go elsewhere. Here you are getting a teaching unit that's not just sets up argument writing but in many ways teaches teachers how to 'arguably' teach argument!

What's also so great about this unit is that it is fun. Kids get so excited with the debate protocols. Kids get to compete for a small sum of money collected by the class to show the financial repercussions of strong arguments. Kids get to watch videos that explain some of the techniques using engaging formats! When kids compare their OnDemand writing from the beginning of the unit to their finished pieces, the growth will be astronomical!

I GUARANTEE that you will be very very impressed by this unit.

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Argument Writing - Writer's Workshop Version  for Middle School
Argument Writing - Writer's Workshop Version  for Middle School
Argument Writing - Writer's Workshop Version  for Middle School
Argument Writing - Writer's Workshop Version  for Middle School
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