"What am I supposed to do now?" Perhaps the most challenging aspect of argumentative essay writing for struggling readers is figuring out what they are being asked to do and how to move forward from there. The focus of this 27 page packet is to help students unpack the directions and equip them with foundational skills need to successfully write an argumentative essay. These handouts will help students to ~Become acquainted with essential vocabulary used in directions ~Distinguish between the language of informative and argumentative writing prompts ~Convert declarative writing prompts into question prompts ~Identify disputable and indisputable statements for claim development ~Write straightforward and precise claims ~Identify claims and counter claims ~ Recognize and utilize transitional words and phrases and ~ Work towards gaining an adequate command of Standard English conventions. Engaging prompts and invitations to mimic help students to make personal connections with the skills being taught, while multiple forms of the same exercises help teachers to, assess, instruct, re-assess and re-visit the same skill over an extended period of time, right up until the week of the test.