This is a great tool to help students develop well-written, research-supported arguments. The matrix supports students as they research facts to argue their position on a topic while also acknowledging the opposing arguments and collecting proper citation information. Used in conjunction with the persuasive essay outline, this is a fantastic tool to support young writers in developing 6 paragraph persuasive essays.
Pages 1 and 3 allow for online research only. Include pages 2 and 4 if you will require the use of books as part of the research. It is best to print pages 1 and 3 then have students tape or glue together as one large piece that can be folded and placed into a notebook or binder.