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A writing prompt that is similar to what the SBAC asks students to write about. I incorporate a Do/What chart so that students take some time to analyze and break down the prompt.
All across the nation, students are required to participate in physical education classes that expose them to different types of sports and activities. Write an argumentative essay in which you state a claim about whether physical education should be mandatory within school districts. Provide support and an opposing viewpoint to your claim.
Two sources: Includes two articles that support the overall topic of Physical Education.
Graphic Organizer: This will help students : take notes, gather textual evidence (quotes), and a section where they can write down their explanations of the quote. More advanced students can simply color-code the information, but I have learned that English learners really benefit from doing this section prior to actually writing the essay.
An outline. This is how my students write their argumentative essays. What I ultimately have them do is memorize all the components in order and then fill it in themselves. I usually upload this document into Google Docs so that they can expand the boxes.
A sample essay. I wouldn't recommend going over this until they are done with a rough draft (it eliminates the copying problem). I usually use a sample essay to help them develop more ideas on how to expand their explanations once they already have an essay done.
I really hope this helps you. This takes my students about 2 weeks. Including the revision process.