This packet can be given to students as a project/assignment overview or it can be used as a teacher's guide for argumentative writing. It includes the applicable Common Core State Standards, two argumentative tasks (each with two news articles), strategies to use for argumentative writing, and a standard aligned rubric.
The standards/activities are appropriate for 7th and 8th grade, but the standards/activities can be modified for 6th grade as well.
***Packet 1 vs. Packet 2: This packet includes two NEW prompts. For each prompt there are TWO related news articles that make claims regarding each argument. Students are expected to analyze the claims made by each author when creating their own claim/argument.***