I wanted a unique approach to interest my students in argument writing. I was inspired by the Gumnut Craigslist Ad that was going around in 2009. (I censored the parts not appropriate for sixth graders, but the original read is quite funny if you want to look it up.)
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 lessons incorporate Thinking Maps and Kagen strategies. If you are not familiar with them, my slides will take you step by step.
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.
I am a sixth grade teacher, but the same standards are in seventh and eighth grade.