Argument Writing that's Real-World Relevant: Activity Set (Distance Learning)

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Argument writing can get old fast when the format is always the same. But repetition helps so much in getting students to understand how to write literary analysis. So what to do?

You want your students to know how to make points, give evidence, and analyze that evidence, but you're sick of the groans when you roll out your newest essay assignment. Students focus on issues like word count and number of quotations instead of becoming better writers, and they barely engage with the feedback process.

I get it. It's so frustrating trying to help them improve when they don't really want to. That's why I designed this real-world relevant argument writing set for you.

Here's what's inside:

  • Explanation of how much argument skills matter in the world - to politicians, to advertisers, to diplomats, to entrepreneurs, to kids wanting their parents to agree to something (hello, buy-in!)
  • Ten argument prompts students can connect to, like "What is something in our country you feel must change now?" and "What does our community need?" as well as chances to weigh in on issues like screen time, the ideal classroom design and our society's focus on competitive sports for young people
  • Assignment to choose one prompt response to polish and share with an authentic audience (newspaper editor, school administrator, mayor, parent, etc.)
  • Guided peer edit to improve the final piece
  • Rubric and comment form to make it easy for you to give feedback before students share their real-world argument with someone in the real world

By keeping this argument practice varied, relevant, and connected to authentic audiences, students will have more reason to stay invested in their own work, and not cop out of the feedback process.

This curriculum is for you if you're looking to branch out beyond the regular confines of the formal essay and bring writing into the real lives of your students. It's a step towards helping them see that their writing CAN change the world.

*** When you open this curriculum set, you'll see the PDF version and also a Powerpoint with instructions for accessing the Google Drive version where students can type all their work below each prompt.

From the Reviews:

"Getting ready to start this unit and this will save me so much time and yet allow me to make the skill relevant and applicable to them in a creative way. Thank you!"

"These activities are a great way to help students prepare for writing persuasive essays on state tests. There's a good mix of prompts - some appeal to students on a personal level, and others focus on broader issues. The peer revision rubric is clear and easy for students to follow... But I especially like how the unit ends with students choosing one of their drafts to finalize for an authentic audience."

"Great prompts that actually engage students."


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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