Build students' argument skills without adding more essays! This graphic organizer activity sheet for developing an argument takes students from their initial response to a thesis, incorporating evidence and discussion along the way.
This eye-catching handout can be printed with a blank topic box or with one of the included 20 high-interest topics that will get even your quietest student talking. Questions like "should the U.S. be moving towards self-driving cars?" and "Do parents have different expectations for their sons than they do for their daughters?" will provoke diverse interests and vigorous debate!
This activity can work as daily bell ringers in an argument unit, graphic organizers for students just learning argument, a formative assessment tool for thesis statement development, or a just-hit-print resource for students who need extra practice.
The PDF includes:
Teacher instructions (see preview)
Partner Clock for smooth discussion transitions
1 blank-topic version of the activity sheet
20 activity sheets with a different high-interest topic on each
I developed this activity for my AP Language and Composition students, but it would work well with any level of high school student!