Tracing & Evaluating Arguments - Passages & Comprehension Questions for RI.6.8

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Used these passages as sub plans and they worked perfectly. The topics are engaging and fun, and kept students hooked!
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If you're wondering how to help your students tackle standard RI.6.8, look no further. These high-interest argumentative texts will help your students feel confident tracing and evaluating arguments in no time. The engaging and relevant topics combined with scaffolded questions will help your students become well-prepared to analyze (& draft) arguments!

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Students are likely to encounter argumentative texts more often than any other type of text in the real world! Teaching students to identify an author’s claim and evaluate the evidence and reasoning is a critical life skill.

With these argumentative texts, your students will get the “just right” amount of intentional practice with topics they are familiar with and interested in.

Argumentative Texts Include:

  • Graffiti: Art or Pollution?
  • A GIF is Worth a Thousand Words
  • Keep Your Punctuation Off My Texts!
  • Snow Days Should Be a Thing of the Past

The passages come with an audio file and a set of standards-aligned questions designed to provide opportunities for students to identify the author’s claim, evaluate the reasons and evidence used, and evaluate the effectiveness of each argument. (RI.6.8)

Each Passage is:

  • 500-800 words in length
  • 800-1000 Lexile Level
  • Common Core Standards-Based
  • Printable & Digital

Use these argumentative texts to give your students additional practice tracing and evaluating arguments in your regular ELA class, remedial reading class, or small groups as a station activity! They also make a great low-prep sub plan for you and your sub!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brown Girl Teaching said, “This was an easy, quick review source that allowed me to see where students were and work with the quickly to clear up misunderstandings about sound reasoning in argument.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amy said, “Great passages for students to use to evaluate arguments. This was an enjoyable resource to use with my students. Thanks!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LiterallyLiteracy in the Middle said, “Used these passages as sub plans and they worked perfectly. The topics are engaging and fun, and kept students hooked!”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RI.5.1, RI.5.8

RI.6.1, RI.6.8

RI.7.1, RI.7.8


You might also like these argument mini-lessons:

Elements of an Argument Introduction

Smash, Boom Podcast Study

Author’s Argument Task Cards

Argument Quick Writes

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Purchase theElements of an Argument Bundle to get this activity, plus the mini-lessons listed above! 

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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