Learning how to navigate argumentative/persuasive text is one of the most challenging concepts for students. To help ease the transition, here are seven lesson plans that will help your students see the difference between it and informational text.
The lessons take students through the similarities in central idea and summarizing, and then breaks down the aspects of persuasive text (argument, claim, evidence). Students have ample practice to differentiate between the three, including reverse outlining, answering multiple choice questions, discussing in groups, and citing evidence. All of this leads to students evaluating arguments to determine whether or not to take the author seriously and consider their side of the issue (regardless of whether the students agree or disagree with the argument).
The seven lesson plans give detailed procedures, objectives and learning targets, links to articles, practice pages, and answer keys when necessary. There is also one extra practice page and article at the end to use for re-teaching. All of the articles center on the topic of technology and whether or not our society is overwhelmed with it.
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