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Argumentative Writing: Brainstorming and Outlining Pack

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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63 pages
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So, you want to have students write about what they care about--but how do you get them to come up with an idea that they care about...and then how do you get them started?



This bundle is included in the following, larger bundle at a discounted price:


This bundle is the perfect set of lessons to kick off your choice topic argumentative writing unit. 7 engaging lessons are the first lessons I use in my full Argumentative Writing Unit, and will get your students motivated, moving, talking, and writing about something they believe in.

The 7 lessons include:

  1. Introduction to Argumentative Writing: How Your Writing Could Change the World
  2. Intro to Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning through Philosophical Chairs*
  3. Difference Between Opinion, Fact, and Claim
  4. Brainstorming Topics that Matter to You*
  5. Testing Topics that Matter to You using Talk*
  6. Planning your Outline*
  7. Outlining your Essay

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The 7 handouts include:

  1. Teen Activist Scavenger Hunt
  2. Philosophical Chairs Pre-Thinking Organizer*
  3. "What Would You Change?" Topic Brainstorming Graphic Organizer*
  4. "Let's Talk About it" Topic Tester*
  5. Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning Note Guide*
  6. Basic Outline Template*
  7. Advanced Outline Template*

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Each lesson plan includes:

  1. At-a-Glance Lesson Overview
  2. Content standards
  3. Language standards
  4. Detailed lesson plans
  5. Editable student handouts
  6. Power point slides


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Total Pages
63 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


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