Informative Argumentative Essay Reference Sheets | Counterclaim Paragraphs

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Reduce your stress with these sentence starters and outline reference sheets that your middle school students can refer to when they are writing a text-based essay in class! Printable and Digital, each sheet gives structure for various parts of the essay. Students can use each of these sheets to create a writing portfolio or writing toolkit!

What's Included:

✅ Writing Process Infographic

✅ Essay Outlines for both Informative and Argumentative Essays with Separate Counterclaim Paragraphs

✅ Essay Skeletons for both Informative & Argumentative

✅ Essay Outlines with Sentence Starters

✅ List of Evidence Sentence Starters

✅ List of Commentary Sentence Starters

✅ List of Counterclaim Sentence Starters

✅ List of Call to Action Sentence Starters

✅ List of Transitions for First, Second, Third, Conclusion & Internal Transitions

✅ Digital versions using Google Slides

✅ The Informative toolkit also contains Thesis starters and Conclusion starters

You'll see I use a special mnemonic to help students remember the structure of an essay:

★Introduction: HAT (just like you put a hat on the top of your head, you put a hat on the top of your essay)

★Body: ACEIT (Ace it)

★Counterclaim: FAUCET (To 'turn it up')

★Conclusion: ATT (what’s the last thing you make sure you have before your leave the house ?– your phone – your AT&T! – ok, not everyone has AT&T but the students get the idea!)

Your students will love having the extra help of these reference sheets and you will love the results of using them!

TEACHERS LIKE YOU SAID:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ashley S. said "This resource is great for students to still feel independent around their general education peers without feeling continuously prompted by their teachers. Worth the price if working with students that have difficulties in writing. "

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Elizabeth G. said "De-mystifies the process for my struggling middle schoolers. Thank you!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Steelers Fan said "This is perfect for the students to keep in their notebooks to refer back to. Thank you."

Supports Common Core Standards:

CCRA.W.1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCRA.W.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCRA.W.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCRA.W.5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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Looking for a way to teach the STRUCTURE of text-based writing? You will love these:

Informative Essay Unit: Paper-based interactive guided notes that will help you teach the writing process and structure of an informative essay with a text set based on Mount Rushmore and Pipestone National Monument.

Argumentative Essay Unit: Paper-based interactive guided notes that will help you teach the writing process and structure of an argumentative essay with a text set based on the lost city of Atlantis.

DIGITAL Informative Essay Unit: NO PREP, DIGITAL lessons with TEN days of step-by-step VIDEO lessons, guided notes, texts, organizers and more!

DIGITAL Argumentative Essay Unit: NO PREP, DIGITAL lessons with TEN days of step-by-step VIDEO lessons, guided notes, texts, organizers and more!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

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