This graphic organizer is a great resource to use during literacy rotations. As students read their leveled books the supporting organizer will help students identify the author's argument. Additionally, the graphic organizer teaches students that authors have to support their argument with reasoning. This reasoning is meant to convince the reader to agree with the argument.
The organizer is broken down into the following sections:
The organizer first asks the student a 'knowledge question.' The instructional goal of the knowledge question is to have the student recall basic information and facts before attempting the content standard. (Knowledge Question: What is the argument within a text?)
The organizer then asks the student a 'skills question.' The skills question insures that the student can apply knowledge of the text to reason. (Skills Question: What is the author arguing? What are some reasons the author gives to support this argument?)
Additionally, this organizer is a great teacher resource. It defines argument and reason in student friendly language. The organizer also features 'ask your brain questions' to help guide them through the standard. Additionally, the organizer helps guide the lesson by stating how 'good readers' use this standard to build comprehension.
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