Middle Schoolers CAN write historical argument essays!
This packet will support students as they formulate a thesis statement, development of major points, gathering of evidence, consideration of counterclaims, and drafting of topic sentences.
My 7th graders found this graphic organizer incredibly useful for capturing their ideas before they begin drafting. This tool is also useful during writing conferences, as it gives teachers and students some shared documentation to confer about.
►►►Use this essay planning guide to scaffold any historical argument essay assignment in the pre-writing or brainstorming step in their writing process. ◄◄◄
Included in this resource:
Essay-planning graphic organizers for historical essay
• Space for thesis, topic sentence, & counterargument planning
• Body paragraph organizers with space to draft evidence, elaboration, & analysis
Use this product with:
☺Middle school students (grade 6, 7, 8)
☺Struggling writers at the high school level
☺Students new to essay writing
☺English Language Learners (ELLs)
☺Students with IEPs
Aligned to Common Core Writing and Social Studies Standards:
■ CCSSWHST7.1- Write arguments focused on discipline specific content
■CCSSWHST7.1A - Introduce claims about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically
■ CCSSWHST7.1B - Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources
■CCSSWHST7.1C - Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence
CCSSWHST7.1D - Establish and maintain a formal style
CCSSWHST7.1E - Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
■ CCSSRH7.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources