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Scaffolded Argumentative Writing Introduction Paragraph Unit - Digital and Print

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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33 slides, 14 pages, 12 task cards
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Do your students struggle with attention getters? Do they get confused about how to connect their hook to their claim or thesis statement? This scaffolded introduction paragraph mini unit is intended to help reduce frustration and support students through a simple step-by-step approach to writing effective opening paragraphs for argumentative essays.

Argumentative Writing Introduction Paragraph Contents:

  • Suggested sequence and lesson plan ideas
  • Editable presentation with a mini-lesson for each part of the introduction paragraph - Google Slides and can be downloaded as a PowerPoint presentation
  • Memorable acronym to help your students remember the ABCs of an introduction paragraph
  • Brainstorming pages and graphic organizers to provide helpful reminders and walk students through writing their own introduction paragraph - in PDF, Google Doc, and Google Slides formats
  • Sorting activity, editable in PowerPoint and Google Slides, that can also be used as a whole class discussion piece with good and bad examples of hooks; students can also rank hook strategies from most to least effective
  • Task cards that allow for healthy discussion of attention getter examples in PDF and Google Slides
  • A question guide for peer revision, which is fully editable in Microsoft Word
  • Attention getter strategy posters - secure in PDF and editable in Google Slides so that you can add examples from your current and previous students' essays
  • Example introduction paragraph with questions you can use to evaluate

It can be time consuming to teach students how to write an effective introduction, but putting in the work early will result in less frustration as the year goes on. This unit is designed to help students with metacognition. They should be aware of strategies available to them to write strong introduction paragraphs so that they can make educated decisions instead of simply blundering through in frustration.

Please note: This mini unit does not have an in-depth study of thesis statements. It covers them briefly. If your students need additional practice with thesis statements for argumentative essays, you can use this Argumentative Thesis Statement Lesson.

For more tips about how to teach introduction paragraph, you can read this article on my blog: How to Teach Introduction Paragraphs.


If you are looking for more materials to help teach argumentative writing in the same scaffolded fashion, you may be interested in:

Topic Selection and Funnel Lesson

Writing Pre-Assessment

Color-Coded Essay Graphic Organizer

Argumentative Body Paragraph Instructional Mini Unit

Argumentative Writing Revising Points, Example Essays, and Editable Rubrics

Argumentative Writing Conclusion Paragraph Lesson

Plagiarism Mini Unit

MLA Research and Writing Skills Unit Assessment or Final Exam or Question Bank

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33 slides, 14 pages, 12 task cards
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.


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