This product is aligned to the standard RI.6.8 (evaluating an argument). I have used this in my classroom after teaching the main points of an argument essay, and almost at completion when students are aware of the set-up of an argumentative essay.
There are three different pieces to this product
1. Vocabulary words: I have put this into our interactive notebook for our language arts class as a good reference for students.
2. Fact VS Opinion: Part of the standard requires students to determine between facts and opinions. This is a quick activity that can get students introduced to that. I often do one of each on the first page with the group so they can see an example and then the rest I have students do with a partner.
3. Evaluating an Argument: Students will read through the short essay titled “Why I Hate Facebook” and then identify the claim that is being made, two reasons to support the claim, and one piece of evidence to support each reason. They will then find at least one fact that is said. Finally, they will be asked if the claim, reasons, and evidence all support each other (mainly, is the argument a solid argument)
This has helped my ESL students in my shelter class to understand the different parts of an argument.