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Lesson 5: Argumentative Essay
In this 5-paragraph essay project, students start with the interactive reading of a classic short story. Then, the teacher presents an essay (included) that “proves” something about the story with actual text evidence (swayed one way, of course). The students are eager to refute the teacher and must find text evidence to the contrary. Then, the students dissect the teacher’s essay to determine the format and use that to make a plan for their own similar essay that argues the opposite theory. In this assignment, students have to make an assertion, provide three reasons for the assertion, along with two pieces of text evidence per reason, and an explanation of how each piece of evidence supports the reason. Yes, this is the most challenging BIG DOG research paper in this series, but there is so much scaffolding and differentiation included here that your most challenging (and younger!) students will experience success!
This is a higher-level research paper. It is not required that students complete Lessons 1-4, but it is helpful if your students very inexperienced in writing researched-based argumentative essays. I'd recommend for inexperienced students to at least complete Lesson 4 in addition to this one.