Argumentative Writing Instructional Workbook Grades 7-10: The Paper Chain

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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80 pages
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This is a 80-page exciting student-friendly ebook instructional manual and workbook for writing an argument / argumentative paper - perfect for grades 7 - 10. This unit addresses WRITING, READING, and LANGUAGE in Common Core Language. These are reading and writing techniques that can be used for cross-curricular writing in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education... you name it!

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With this student-friendly manual, students learn how to read and write argument/persuasive papers step-by-step. The following topics are addressed:

* Argumentative Writing

* The Paper Chain: Overview

* Argument Writing: Flow Chart

* Practice Identifying the Argument

* Effective Argument (word choice)

* Practice Generating an Argument

* Generating your own Argument

* Practice Identifying Claims

* Claims and Supporting Evidence

* Generating Claims: Supporting the Argument

* Practice Identifying Evidence

* Organizing Evidence

* Claims and Supporting Evidence

* Quoting Evidence

* Credibility

* A Search for Evidence

* Collecting Evidence: Internet Search

* Is this Website Credible?

* Practice Determining Credible Evidence

* Homework: Find Your Own Evidence

* Counterclaim

* Adding a Counterclaim

* Deconstructing a Counterclaim

* Writing a Body Paragraph: Organization

* Reasoning / Links: Explaining Evidence

* The Whole Paper = A TERCon Sandwich

* Citing Sources: Avoiding Plagiarism

* Other Ways to Say ‘Said’

* Bibliography / Works Cited

* Peer Revising

* Peer Revising Sample

* Revision Checklist

* Rubric

* Model/Exemplar Paper

* How to get an Advanced Score

* Sentence Fluency: Appositives

* Why Appositives Are Important

* Appositives Practice

* Commonly Misspelled Words

* Editing Shortcuts and Practice

* Publishing

* Glossary

* Answer Key

This manual is filled with models, examples, and practice, as well as easy-to-follow visuals and charts. You can print out the manual as a hard copy workbook for students or, as I do in my one-to-one iPad school, email it to my students as an ebook to reference all year.

Using this workbook, alongside writing a paper, will take approximately 2 months, depending on your grade-level and pace. I share a lot of information about my students and how we use this workbook on my blog.

This workbook is a great complement to my top-selling item, Argumentative Writing Unit

If you are interested in learning more about the TELCon writing method, scaffolding, and tiered writing interventions, please visit: Cross-Curricular Prompt Writing for Middle & High School

This book is also available in paperback at for $30 - click here to purchase a hard copy.

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Total Pages
80 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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