Claims, Counterclaims, Rebuttals Lesson, Complete Teaching Pack

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Julie Faulkner
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8th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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This was a great resource for my students! I did adapt it quite a bit to meet the needs of my virtual classroom, but it was a great starting point!
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Build stronger argumentative writers by giving them direct instruction on the three hallmarks of argumentative essay writing: claims, counterclaims, and rebuttals. In this no prep teaching pack, you will find everything you need to teach and practice claim, counterclaims, and rebuttals in argumentative writing.

Student Experience: Framed with a theme from a modern-day connection, students will walk through definitions, examples, guided practice, and a professional exemplar before they finally begin to construct their own claims, counterclaims, and rebuttals. They'll even have a sheet they can use to help them track and analyze these three pieces of argument writing with any argumentative text they encounter.

What's included:

- Printable lesson plan with suggested teaching tips and answers, editable

- Guided note taking with sketch notes, pdf

- Instruction with modern, real-world connection/theme

- Guided practice

- Graphic organizers for any text for success after the lesson, editable

- Info text reading for practice (link provided)

- Suggestions for final project

- Independent worksheet for practice identifying claims, counterclaims,and rebuttals, editable

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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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