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Argumentative Writing Slideshow & Notes Middle School ELA PRINT & DIGITAL

Darlene Anne
Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Homeschool
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55 slides; 15 pdf
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Argument writing will be a lot easier to teach with this step-by-step interactive PowerPoint and/or Google Slides presentation with guided notes. Created specifically for middle school students, it tackles the challenges of the argumentative essay by breaking everything down. The kid-friendly explanations and actionable steps making it a lot easier for kids to understand.

Now, when I tell my students we're working on this unit, they cheer! Kids LOVE to “argue,” and when they learn the right way to present their findings, their essays can really pack a punch.

Update 8/20: This unit now includes links to a digital replica in Google Drive, so it is simple and convenient to use with remote learning.

I so appreciate the wonderful teachers who have left kind feedback!

  • "The PowerPoint, when used in conjunction with the student closed notes, were perfect for my argument writing unit! They matched perfectly to the CCSS for ELA and didn't require any prep on my part, and taught my students step by step how to write an argument essay."

  • "AMAZING resource!! No, really! I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am by this purchase!! I used it with my kiddos for the last district performance task that we had and my colleagues were blown away by what the kids produced! We are so impressed that we are going to see if you have any others. Very clear and laid out in a way that made much more sense to the kids (and with mentor texts and examples relate-able to the students). Seriously, can not brag about this one enough!!"
  • "This was just the most amazing and thorough presentation of the argumentative essay--I came right back to see if you had similar products available and will be eagerly waiting any more! Thank you for helping all my students be successful!"

Use the PowerPoint presentation to teach, while your students take notes on the guided notes pages. The unit is totally interactive. Your students will be actively engaged, writing and sharing information verbally, the entire time.

This unit can be used with the following unit: Argumentative Essay Writing for middle school students. Or it can be used independently.

Included are the following:

★ Instructions for use

★ PowerPoint show & presentation

★ Student notes

★ Argumentative writing terminology

★ Sample passages

★ Real-life argument example (designed for kids/teens)

★ Writing an introductory paragraph

★ Six types of lead or "hook”

★ Writing the thesis/claim

★ Writing and organizing the main body paragraphs

★ Writing a counterargument and turn-back

★ Writing a concluding paragraph

★ Using transition and text reference words and phrases

★ Organization templates

And More!

You might like these other writing units:

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Narrative Writing Workshop

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Book Report and Craftivity for Fiction: The Exploding Box

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How to Write an Essay Requiring Text Based Details

Thank you and enjoy!


Total Pages
55 slides; 15 pdf
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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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