Argumentative Text 5 Day Unit

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82 Pages + 3 PPT Lessons + Mentor Sentence PPT + 8 Vocabulary Picture Cards
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  1. This argumentative text bundle has everything you need for the week!The 5-day Argumentative Text Unit will help you teach your students to recognize and identify the characteristics and structures of argumentative text (ie. the author's claim, the intended audience, and the facts & evidence use
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Learning Objective

Students will analyze the characteristics and structure of an argumentative text.


Need a resource that helps your third graders understand the characteristics and structure of argumentative text? This 5-day argumentative text unit is the perfect tool to walk you and your students through identifying the author's claim, the intended audience, and the facts & evidence used to support the claim. Your students will then analyze these characteristics & structures to evaluate the author's claim and compare arguments made about the same topic.

What's Inside:

Reading Lesson Resources:

  • Day 1 – Introduction to Characteristics and Structure of Argumentative Text (Video & PowerPoint Lesson 1)
  • Day 2 – Evaluating the Author's Claim (PowerPoint Lesson 2)
  • Day 3 – Evaluating and Comparing Argumentative Texts (PowerPoint Lesson 3)
  • Day 4 – Partner Work - Comparing Arguments within an Argumentative Text
  • Day 5 – Assessment – This reading passage has 6 multiple choice questions and 4 short answer questions.
  • 4 Original Argumentative Text Articles for Lessons, Practice, & Assessment
  • Graphic Organizers/Student Response Sheets
  • Mini-Anchor Chart Handout

Read Aloud Resources:

  • Mentor Text List of Argumentative Articles Online
  • Persuasive Picture Book List
  • Think Aloud Stems

Vocabulary Resources:

Vocabulary words are taken from the argumentative text included with the unit.

  • Read Aloud with a Vocabulary Focus Lesson
  • Vocabulary Word Cards & Picture Cards
  • “Mirrors with Words” and Words in Context Activities
  • Vocabulary Assessment

Grammar Resources:

Grammar Focus: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

  • The grammar resources in this unit follow the mentor sentence structure derived from Jeff Anderson's Patterns of Power method and are designed to accompany the week's mentor text.
  • 4 Days of Mentor Sentence Lesson Plans
  • Explanation of Mentor Sentences
  • PowerPoint Presentation to Accompany Mentor Sentence
  • Student Handout/Recording Sheet
  • Assessment

Response to Text Questions

  • These 5 response to text prompts can be used in reading response journals, as quick writes, in a writing station, or as open-ended discussion questions.

Writing Prompts

  • Note - These are not intended to replace mini-lessons or writing instruction.
  • These 5 writing prompts are perfect for your writing station.

These argumentative text lesson plans are TEKS and Common Core aligned. See the preview for an overview of what will be taught throughout the week.

Important Note:

Argumentative text can be a difficult genre for our students. The level & grade of your students will determine the amount of scaffolding required from you while teaching this unit. I suggest that 3rd-grade teachers introduce the genre with the video (linked in lesson 1). Third graders will likely need a lot of support with this.

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"I love everything about this unit and the supplements for my 3rd grade class. Very engaging and easy to speak discussion with this age. They were interested and really enjoyed being able to argue their own point of view."

"I teach multi-level students. This resource is great. They can be used as worksheets or you can chunk parts, laminate, and make into stations."

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Total Pages
82 Pages + 3 PPT Lessons + Mentor Sentence PPT + 8 Vocabulary Picture Cards
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.


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