Argumentative Essay Writing, Argument Writing How to Guide, Topics, Rubric CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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17 PDF pages; 20 slides in Prezi and Google Slides format
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Laura Randazzo


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 inspires even my most reluctant students to put pen to paper. Activities/handouts featuring modern design elements 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.

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• Elements of Argumentative Writing lecture (includes both Prezi and Google Slides versions) featuring interactive elements and clear explanations of claim, reasons, evidence, and placement of counterclaims

• Fill-in-the-blank handout to guide students’ note-taking during the lecture

• 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

• “Deconstruct the Essays” activity where students identify five specific argumentative writing elements in the sample essays

• List of 42 argumentative essay topics/prompts that will appeal to today’s teens

• “Organize Your Argument” attractively designed graphic organizer to help students with pre-writing brainstorming and information organization

• “Feeling Stuck?” list of transitions and transitional phrases to serve as a writing aid for students

• Argumentative Essay content grading rubric to help ease your grading load

The bundle includes 17 PDF pages and 20 slides.

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.

Click here for materials to teach Personal Narrative writing.

NOTE: This item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Total Pages
17 PDF pages; 20 slides in Prezi and Google Slides format
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax 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.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.


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