With the common core state standards, argument writing takes center stage. I see teaching argument writing as something that is going to take a lot of time over more than one school year in order for students to become proficient. This activity is an introduction to just two parts of argument writing, the claim and evidence/data. This activity presents definitions and examples of claims and evidence, and then students are provided with two claims and four pieces of evidence to support each claim. This provides a lot of practice to students. The claims and evidence all deal with spelling issues. Students already have their opinions on how important they think correct spelling is. This way students can focus on HOW the evidence could be used to support the claim instead of first trying to understand the claims and evidence, and then trying to understand how they support the claims. As the teacher, you will have some flexibility in how you want to use the nine-page customizable handout and how much time you want to take. The evidence is also presented in different formats: news stories, posters, and pictures. I’m positive that the last piece of evidence (tattoos) will make your students think twice about the importance of correct spelling! Please download the preview for more information. Thanks so much for considering! I hope you are enjoying a successful school year!