This is a packet that describes what is expected of argumentative writing. It contains the following:
- a graphic organizer (filled out with examples) that students can use to organize their points, counterpoints, and rebuttals when writing an argumentative essay.
- a sample completed outline that students can model (the topic is "The Dangers of Social Media Sites").
-sample introduction paragraph
-sample body paragraph
-sample conclusion paragraph
The sample paragraphs illustrate what such paragraphs would look like in an argumentative essay. Also, in each paragraph, certain elements are identified to show students not only the important ingredients of each type of paragraph, but what the finished product should look like. For example, the introductory paragraph models an effective hook, context/background information, and thesis statement (each of these is identified).
The sample body gives a sample topic sentence/claim, evidence, explanation/elaboration, and clincher (etc.).
All of the language and terminology I've used throughout this packet has been taken from the Common Core standards for writing, which are referenced at the end.
These terms include claim, counterclaim, rebuttal, evidence, elaboration, etc.
This would be an extremely useful source for students who need help both organizing and writing their argumentative essays! I have used it with my Research Writing seniors and it has helped their organization tremendously.