Argumentative Essay Task Cards | Text Based | Middle School | Printable

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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1 prompt, 2 texts, 20 task cards
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Your Middle School students need practice with identifying claims, opposing claims, and relevant evidence, right? They can get that practice with these engaging PRINTABLE task cards! They are based on two original, included non-fiction texts about Easter Island.

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Students read the two texts and then use these cards to practice with the concepts. You can do this in many ways, but my favorite is playing "Scatter" where I tape the cards up all around the room and students engage in a kind of scavenger hunt to answer all the cards!

Included in this resource:

★ 2 rigorous non-fiction texts about Easter Island

★ Prompt

★ 20 task cards

★ Vocabulary List of text-based essay terms

★ answer sheets

★ answer key

Your students will love that this gets them actively involved and you will love that they are practicing and learning these valuable skills with less work for you!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Courtney F. said, "This REALLY helped my students distinguish the differences between a claim and counterclaim. My students were so engaged and had that "lightbulb" moment with this resource. I will use this again and again!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amanda Z. said, "I used this with sixth graders, and they loved getting to move around the room to answer questions. They also enjoyed the topic of Easter Island and we had fun looking up more pictures at the end of class. "

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mandee J. said "These task cards are so helpful for addressing specific issues in argumentative writing. My students learned so much while having fun! "


Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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1 prompt, 2 texts, 20 task cards
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Teaching Duration
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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.


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