I wanted a unique approach to interest my students in argument writing. I have included an ad to sell Daphne, a pet hippo.
I am piloting Standards Based grading for my district this year. Each day, I focus on a different standard with a skill or subskill.
These lessons include many parts: Essential Vocabulary (elaborate, credible sources, rationale, precise language, succinct, coherent, clincher, Anonymous Exhibition), and/or Essential Question based on the term, "I can..." statement based on standard (see list of ELA standards), lesson slides (step-by step directions), Exit Slips (self-assessment for students and for you to see where they think they are), rubrics (one for a first draft and one for a final draft), and Homework slide if needed.
My style of in-text citations isn't complete, but it is an introduction to looking at credible sources and how to find them again. If finding credible sources is a problem for your students, I would begin with another unit I have on TPT: Credible Sources: How Can You Tell?
I am a sixth grade teacher, but the same standards are in seventh and eighth grade.