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Argumentative Writing: 10 Real-World Assignments for Secondary ELA

Secondary Sara
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Argumentation in the real world is far more nuanced than standard essays supporting a thesis. Students need practice with a variety of audience types, objectives, structures, and topics. Use this pack of 10 argumentative writing assignments to challenge students in a fun way!

This set of assignments brings real-world scenarios or skills into non-fiction writing to help students practice counter-arguments, adapt to different types of audiences, analyze facts, and focus on facts over emotional appeals. (See the list of activities below!)

Projects address a variety of standards so that your gradebook AND students get variety! Each assignment also has a lot of room for choice in the topics/prompts, helping your differentiation to student needs and interests.

EACH editable assignment includes:
• An overview page explaining the purpose of the assignment and step-by-step directions
• Clearly listed objective in “I Can” statement format
• A task-appropriate graphic organizer
• A Common Core-aligned rubric
• A PDF copy in addition to the Word doc

First, use the assignment “Make Me Care” to teach students what the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing is. Then, proceed to any combination of assignments you wish throughout the year! (There are enough unique assignments here to do 2-3 per quarter… Great for tracking progress over time for a portfolio!)

This 36+ page download includes:
1. #Fail: Critique an opponent to evaluate that argument’s weaknesses
2. But Wait, There’s More! Pile on facts/reasoning to address the complexity of a situation
3. Change My Allegiance: Use logic to convince a supporter to switch to your side instead
4. Go on Trial: Imitate lawyers by presenting the opening statements in a mock trial.
5. I Know, But: Empathize to address a worried target audience
6. Make Me Care: Motivate an apathetic audience
7. My Facts Don’t Lie: Emphasize data and practice analyzing it for significance
8. My Side of the Story: Defend perspectives against opposing viewpoints
9. The Best Solution: Support why one brand is factually superior to the alternatives
10. Vote for Me: Persuade a mixed audience to support, vote for, or believe in you!
11. BONUS: An EDITABLE version of my FREE Argumentative vs. Persuasive Writing Lesson, based on a TED talk!

ALSO AVAILABLE: Other Common Core-ready bundles of writing tasks!
Informative Writing Bundle: 10 Assignments for Secondary ELA
Creative Writing/Narrative BUNDLE
Bundle of 10 “Short Research Projects”, Volume I

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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.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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