Help your high school and advanced middle school students win their written arguments with these easy-to-follow essay writing materials. This bundle of interactive, step-by-step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements and dynamic lecture materials will guide your students as they learn to craft their own meaningful and effective argumentative essays. Easy prep for you; excellent growth for your students’ writing skills.
Just print and teach!
• Elements of Argumentative Writing Prezi lecture featuring interactive elements, high-interest embedded video clips, and clear explanations of claim, reasons, evidence, and placement of counterclaims (25 slides)
• Fill-in-the-blank handout to guide students’ note-taking during the Prezi lecture (2 pages in PDF format; handout and answer key)
• Two well-written student essays (one pro, one con) on the topic of whether energy drinks should be allowed to be sold to minors; formatted with MLA guidelines and includes Works Cited pages for both essays (6-page PDF)
• “Deconstruct the Essays” activity where students identify five specific argumentative writing elements in the sample essays (5-page PDF, including answer keys)
• List of 42 argumentative essay topics/prompts that will appeal to today’s teens (1-page PDF)
• “Organize Your Argument” attractively designed graphic organizer to help students with pre-writing brainstorming and information organization (1-page PDF)
• “Feeling Stuck?” list of transitions and transitional phrases to serve as a writing aid for students (1-page PDF)
• Argumentative Essay content grading rubric to help ease your grading load (1 page in both PDF and editable Word formats)
• Super-goofy “Your Argument is Invalid” meme collection to enjoy after the essays are submitted (or during essay writing for a full-class pick-me-up) (12-slide Powerpoint)
The bundle includes 17 pages (PDF) and 37 slides (Prezi & Powerpoint). A dazzling alternative to Powerpoint, Prezi allows presenters to “zoom” to their next slide and the modern design captivates a teen audience. Students love the Prezi style and beg me all the time to make more of them. You can check out Prezi for free at www.prezi.com. I also have a free Prezi in my store, if you want to take a look. You don’t need any special equipment or software to use Prezi. If your computer can view a YouTube video, then you can enjoy a Prezi. Your classroom doesn’t need to have internet access to run this Prezi, which looks great on both SMARTBoards and regular classroom computers with projectors.
If your students don’t already know the rules of M.L.A., be sure to check out this citation formatting lesson with lecture and handout.
Also, grab this free M.L.A. first-page submission handout
to help students who need a model of proper formatting.
Click here for a fun Tools of Argument/Logical Fallacies lesson featuring political, commercial, and pop culture examples.
Click here for materials to teach Personal Narrative writing.
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