Argumentative Writing Unit Bundle for Middle and High School

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8th - 11th
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104 pages, 113 slides, 40 task cards
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Need an all-encompassing argumentative writing unit that's scaffolded and meets the needs of a wide range of learners in middle school and high school? This argumentative writing unit is complete with activities that you can use to meet students wherever they are in their writing journey. It's created for the 8-10th grade range, but it would work well for advanced 7th graders or for 11th and 12th grade students who need more scaffolding.

This argumentative writing unit for middle and high school is intended to be used with debate-like, controversial issues. it is not intended for literary analysis-type argument.

Included in this bundle, you will find these argumentative writing resources, which are all available separately in my store:

Topic Choice and Research Questions

Help students choose a topic they will enjoy, pose a research question, and turn it into a thoughtful thesis statement.

Thesis Statement Activities

These argumentative thesis statement activities are designed to help students who need a more intensive study of thesis statements than the brief overview that is included in the introduction paragraph lesson.

Introduction Paragraph Mini Unit

Do your students struggle to write effective hooks? Are they uncertain what to even put in an introduction? Have they ever begun with, "Hello, my name is..."? This introduction lesson provides clear direction to address weaknesses.

Body Paragraph Mini Unit

The hardest parts of teaching students to write body paragraphs are 1. getting them to build on their research and 2. convincing them to use age-appropriate transitional elements to logically show how ideas are related. This mini unit contains lessons for both skills as well as much more.

Conclusion Paragraph Lesson

Conclusions..the worst is when students parrot their essay back in summary form. Use this lesson to teach students to be concise and to take the conclusion paragraph beyond a summary to a synthesis of ideas that is more thoughtful.

Revising Points, Rubrics, and Example Essays

When students finish writing their rough drafts, walk them through this revising and editing presentation with a peer. Give them some accountability to correct their own work. Also included are two example essays to evaluate and discuss and grading rubrics.

Unit Test and Graphic Organizers

This unit test is a supplementary way to assess students' understanding of the terminology and basic skills we learn during the writing unit. It's editable and contains an example essay for students to refer to as they read the questions. The graphic organizers feature memorable acronyms. Students can use them throughout the essay writing process to help them remember what belongs in each paragraph.

Getting ready to begin a writing unit, a new semester, or a new school year? You may also be interested in these related writing resources:

Writing Pre-Assessment

Color-Coded Essay Graphic Organizer

Plagiarism Mini Unit

Embedding Quotations Stations

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Total Pages
104 pages, 113 slides, 40 task cards
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Establish and maintain a formal style.


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