Argumentative Writing Middle School - Argumentative Essay (Standards-Aligned)

Joy Sexton
Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Homeschool
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Argumentative Essay Writing will be a breeze with this step-by-step resource designed to lead your students with models and supports through the entire process.

Easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all five paragraphs! Includes a sample essay to motivate student writers and model strong writing. CCSS-aligned.

Note: Amended pages are included for 6th-grade teachers (or non-Common Core) who do not wish to include the counterclaim.

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This Product Contains:

1. ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY STRUCTURE – The assignment is explained along with a visual representation of the 5-paragraph structure of the essay.

2. TOPIC CHOICES – A page that provides 12 argumentative topic choices and also offers students the opportunity to choose topics of their own (with teacher approval) ***I've included an Editable Topics Choices page so you are able to make changes for any of the suggested topics.

3. INTERNET RESEARCH – Students take notes from web sites on these handouts and are instructed how to document information for citing their sources.

4. PRE-WRITING ORGANIZER – A visually-appealing graphic organizer where students fill in key information for the essay.

5. WRITING THE INTRODUCTION – A page that contains instructions and examples for writing an attention grabber and a fill-in template (with supports) for drafting the entire introduction

6. STUDENT EXAMPLES OF AN INTRODUCTION – Two different well-written introductions are demonstrated, with parts of each introduction labeled

7. WRITING BODY PARAGRAPHS – Fill-in templates (with supports) guide students as they write their body paragraphs

8. WRITING THE COUNTERCLAIM – A fill-in template for drafting the counterclaim paragraph includes writing instruction and a model counterclaim paragraph.

9. WRITING THE CONCLUSION – A fill-in template (with supports) guides students as they write a concluding paragraph

10. WRITING THE WORKS CITED – An attractive handout shows students the correct formats for citing their sources, with sample entries provided

11. MENTOR TEXT – A sample argumentative essay entitled “Red-Light Cameras Save Lives” demonstrates format, content, and writing expectations as a model for student writing.

12. WRITING TIPS – A page of transitions, strong words, and other writing tips to guide student writing

13. STUDENT SELF-EVALUATION CHECKLIST – Students evaluate their process and product on a checklist.

14. AMENDED PAGES FOR 6th GRADE and NON-COMMON CORE TEACHERS – Six “amended” pages are provided for teachers who do not wish to include a counterclaim in the essay. (6th-grade Common Core does not require the counterclaim.)

15. GRADING RUBRIC - A 4-point rubric for grading the essays

16. TEACHER GUIDELINES AND COMMON CORE STANDARDS – Detailed, step-by-step guidelines for using this resource along with Common Core standards and differentiation

You will love the organization of this resource and the “scaffolds” that help students produce strong writing!

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NOTE: Please do not purchase this product if you previously purchased my Persuasive Essay resource. You can download THIS PRODUCT as an upgrade on your My Purchases page!

Thanks! --Joy

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Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


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