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Argument/Persuasive Writing Lesson Plans | Common Core : Prompts Included

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Comprehensive lesson plans so that you can teach your students to write persuasive or argument essays that meet the Common Core standards. Included in this unit is everything you need to get your students writing effective essays based on research—including the research itself.

Get you students thinking critically, reading challenging non-fiction, and writing about a topic close their hearts: cellphones.

Once they have finished this unit, your students will know:

--how to formulate their own opinion by reading factual texts

--how to conduct research to find more evidence

--how to write effective argument essays with grabbers, compelling organization, strong thesis statements, correctly cited and integrated evidence, and a counterclaim

--how to participate in a writing workshop

--how to conduct effective peer conferences

--all of the benefits and drawbacks of cellphones

Your students will start off by analyzing three comics and a photographic series. After that, they’ll do a close reading of three published argument pieces on cellphones. More research will be done jigsaw style and in cooperative groups, and once students have started on a writing workshop with the student guide provided here, they will refine their writing through focused lessons with specific examples and practical exercises, all based on professional writing examples.

Included in this resource:
—extensive notes for the instructor and answer keys for all questions
—a lesson on cellphone visuals in which students analyze cartoons and photographs
—links to and questions on three published argument essays on cellphones
—a jigsaw activity in which students will conduct further research
—links and descriptions of all sources needed for the paper
—a 10-step writing workshop guide for students
—a lesson on writing grabbers including examples and exercises
—a lesson on organization including examples and exercises
—a lesson on citation including examples and exercises
—a lesson on counterclaim including questions for students
—a printable peer conference handout
—a teacher conference checklist
—a unit checklist for a process grade
—an appendix with links to useful how-to articles

In all, enough for sixteen days of reading, writing, analyzing, and thinking based on real published writing. Your students will improve their skills. produce quality research-based argument essays, and gain awareness of the drawbacks and risks of cellphone use.

Want to know more about how this unit was designed? Read this post all about how and why the unit is designed the way it is!
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