Sixth graders have so much to say and so many opinions to share. The research-based persuasive essay unit is the perfect unit in which to capture the essence of adolescent curiosity, energy and perspective. In this unit, students will brainstorm ideas, try topics out, abandon topics, and read informational articles for new ideas and facts. Students will use the writing process and cycle their pieces through several stages of revision and editing before completion.
While Common Core Curriculum places strong emphasis on argument writing already, these standards could not be more appropriate for the middle school student. This unit meets both the Grade 6 Argument Writing Standards as well as the Grade 6 Reading Informational Texts standards.