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Argumentative Writing Unit Bundle for Middle and High School

Grade Levels
8th - 11th
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104 pages, 113 slides, 40 task cards
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    Overview of Unit


    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 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 tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
    Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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