This is an excellent activity for teaching kids the basics of argumentative writing. This resource includes a powerpoint that teaches the basics of argument, highlighting key terms and concepts. In addition, a pre-writing/brainstorming activity is included so that students can explore the question: Who is most to blame for the deaths in Romeo and Juliet? Their answer to this question will form the claim. This resource also includes an excellent graphic organizer that helps writers build their argument and use paragraphs to separate their key points. Another powerpoint is included to help students as they begin writing their essay and moving between their claim, evidence, counterclaims, concession/refutation, and conclusion.
I have had great luck teaching both literary analysis/criticism and argumentative writing with this lesson. You have everything you need to help your students build and develop a valid piece of argument and literary criticism.