Evaluate Arguments & Claims - Bias, Audience, Persuasive Appeals

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Chomping at the Lit
Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Homeschool
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26 pages
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Teach your students how to spot bias and persuasive appeals in non-fiction passages! In this lesson, they will examine, analyze, and evaluate arguments.

This purchase includes:

  • A Powerpoint lesson on key terms, including: bias, audience, claim, counterclaim, evidence, and the three methods of persuasion (emotional, ethical, and logical appeals)
  • An accommodating graphic organizer for key terms
  • Practice identifying target audience worksheet with 10 short non-fiction passages
  • Evaluating arguments practice worksheet where students will identify if the author uses the emotional, ethical, or logical persuasive appeal
  • Practice identifying bias worksheet where students will read 6 short non-fiction passages and rate the bias of the author
  • Non-fiction article on the trouble with photoshopping pictures on social media and in advertising
  • 12 after reading questions that cover all key terms learned as they pertain to the non-fiction article
  • Answer keys for all

Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.


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