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Argumentative Essay Writing Unit | Texts Notes Interactive Notebook Foldables

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6th - 9th, Homeschool
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Teach your middle school students how to write a text-based argumentative essay with embedded counterclaims using this engaging set of texts, notes, interactive notebook foldables and organizers!

It is laid out in a "chunked" fashion so that you can go through the process step-by-step with examples, Cornell notes and interactive notebook activities all along the way.

What's included:

★ A PowerPoint to guide students through the process

★ Cornell notes for students to fill in with the PowerPoint

★ Mnemonics for each paragraph type to increase retention

Introduction: HAT=Hook, Answer with a claim, Thesis

Body: ARGUE=Answer, Respond to opposing claims, Give evidence, Underscore with commentary, End with a conclusion

Conclusion: ATT= Answer restated, Thesis restated, The Zinger

★ TWO texts about Easter Island (written at a rigorous level)

★ text mapping graphic organizer

★ an argumentative prompt based on the texts

★ example paragraphs

★ interactive notebook activities for the introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs

★ persuasive strategies with an interactive notebook activity

★ essay checklist

★ essay planning sheet

★ all printables in a separate file for easier printing!

In my classroom, I worked on the prompt and texts on the first two days, worked with the introduction on the next day, then worked with the body on the fourth day and the conclusion on the fifth day.

If your students need a plan to help them learn to write essays with embedded counterclaims, then this is for you!


Need a unit that teaches argumentative essay writing with a separate counterclaim paragraph? Try this:

Argumentative Essay Writing Unit | PRINTABLE and DIGITAL

More argumentative essay resources you'll love:

>>Argumentative Essay Task Cards - Practice with identifying claim, evidence and opposing claim - all based on two original included non-fiction texts about Easter Island.

>>Daily Argumentative Essay Practice - Middle School students will practice or review what they know about how text-based argumentative essays are organized and structured with this daily review! Perfect for bell-ringer or warm-up activities for 5-10 minutes a day for one month!


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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.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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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