Argumentative Essay Writing Unit | PRINTABLE and DIGITAL

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Teach your middle school students the process & structure of a text-based argumentative essay with a counterclaim paragraph. Your students will find the interactive guided notes easy to follow and will not only learn the process but also the organization of an argumentative essay step by step!

Too many times, writing instruction focuses on style (word choice and voice). While these are important, students need a foundation first. This is that foundation. And once students "own" the process and structure, they will become much more confident writers who then can focus on adding some figurative language into their writing.

The interactive guided notes in this resource are something I call Pixanotes®. They are a blend of traditional two-column notes and interactive notes with FOUR levels of scaffolding. Each level has the same content but a different level of support to help you reach all learners. You could easily have all 4 versions of the notes out in the same class at the same time and not miss a beat!

These Pixanotes® help you teach:

>Introduction= Hook, Arch (transition sentence), Thesis

>Body= Answer, Cite evidence, Explain with commentary, Ingeminate (repeat the cycle of cite and explain), Top it off with a Conclusion

>Counterclaim Paragraph= Feature the other side, Affirm with evidence, Underscore the essay's position, Cite evidence, Explain with commentary, Top it off with a conclusion

>Conclusion= Affirm the thesis, Trim the point, The call to action

What's included in the PRINTABLE resource:

★ Interactive Guided Notes with 4 levels of scaffolding (ready-made differentiation!)

Level 1: Fully printed content and pre-printed pictures

Level 2: Fully printed picture flaps and fill in the blanks for students

Level 3: Pre-printed content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the

student.

Level 4: Fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned

by the student.

★ Directions for the notes

★ Suggested Lesson Plans

★ Writing Prompt

★ TWO original nonfiction texts about Atlantis

★ TWO Argumentative essay organizers

★ One skeleton essay example

★ Anchor chart with mnemonics that match the notes to help students remember the structure

★ ZAP game for practice

★ Cloze worksheet to use as an assessment (or more practice!)

What's included in the DIGITAL resource via Google Slides and Google Forms:

★ Teacher's Guide with directions and links to share on any learning management system such as Google Classroom, Canvas and more!

★ An embedded introduction video along with "tech tips".

★ A pdf of two original non-fiction texts about the lost city of Atlantis

★ Interactive, guided and digital notes with fill-in-the-blanks for content and picture flaps that need to be positioned by the student for each of the 5 sections listed above. (That's 5 sets of notes!)

★ Movable picture flaps

★ Text boxes already placed into the notes

★ Editable directions for the student

EIGHT Embedded Videos that match each set of the notes and the writing process - including planning!

★ Self-Grading Quizzes (on Google Forms) for each section (That's a total of 4 quizzes!)

NOTE: Students will need access to Google and YouTube. The videos are hosted on YouTube and embedded into the Google Slides.

This unit is a great way to introduce students to the fundamentals of writing an argumentative essay! Please feel free to email me (see below) with any questions! :)

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After your students have the basics down, you might want to try some of these resources:

>>Collaborative Argumentative Essay

>>Argumentative Essay Challenge

OR, if you are looking for a resource that teaches EMBEDDED counterclaims, Try this: Argumentative Essay Writing: Cornell notes and INB foldables!

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Total Pages
10 sets of notes, 8 videos, 4 quizzes, text set, organizers
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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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