The Great GMO Debate: Argumentative Writing Practice

The Great GMO Debate: Argumentative Writing Practice
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Looking to prepare your students for a state writing test or the ACT writing test? Searching for a real-world relevant topic to aid your students in building argumentative writing skills? This is the unit for you!

Are genetically modified foods cause for concern in America? Should food companies label genetically modified foods to warn consumers? How has the fear of genetically modified foods impacted American economics, politics, and culture? What should the Department of Health and Human Services should do about the public’s fear of genetically modified food?This unit allows students to examine the topic from multiple perspectives and craft an argument based on evidence from extensive article study.

This instructional resource supports the teaching of on-demand argument writing by teaching students to read and quickly select evidence from multiple sources, develop a claim, and write an argument of policy. This resource is designed to support independent on-demand writing with strategies for scaffolding students’ reading and writing.

This resource is designed around a few key things to remember about on-demand writing:

  • Students need instruction and practice to be successful in on-demand tasks
  • Students must practice effective outlining, organization, and planning skills to develop effective arguments 
  • A compelling opening makes a big difference
  • Practice with introducing and commenting on quotations is critical for students writing source-based arguments
  • Conclusions have to move beyond the introduction

Skill Emphasis

  • Read and respond to several sources representing a range of perspectives in a conversation around a single issue.
  • Quickly construct a nuanced claim & support with evidence from nonfiction sources.

What does this resource include?

  • Text sets to provide students with evidence to support their arguments
  • A step-by-step unit guide that gives a minute-by-minute breakdown of each activity.
  • Four argumentative-writing activities that help students explore, evaluate, and articulate their perspectives while collaborating with peers
  • Optional graphic organizers to help struggling students

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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.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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30 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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