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Argument writing is an anchor standard in the common core, so students have been doing some form of argument writing since kindergarten. By the 4th grade, most students are using the five paragraph essay to help them organize their thoughts.
This unit is very important to argument writing at the high school level. I believe that most teachers have trouble teaching argument writing to students who come from the younger grades very much confused about how to write arguments.
I have also been confused about argument writing. I really could never understand why my students’ responses to writing prompts were just slightly off task. Then I figured it out. Students were mixing types of arguments in their responses. Instead of a clear claim of evaluation, students would mix in claims of policy which only distracted them and the reader.
This unit plan attempts to clarify for students what good argument writing is, specifically how to write a claim of evaluation. The assignment here ask students to respond to the recent player protest in the NFL using a claim of evaluation.
The slides have 32 slides meant to take the writer through the writing process. The lessons breakdown is simple and easy to use.
Day 1: Introduction to argument terms
Day 2: Labeling the parts of an essay and body paragraph
Day 3: Brainstorming and Close Reading of two articles
Day 4: Outlining the essay
Day 5: from rough draft to second draft
Day 6: from second draft to final draft
In reality, the lesson will take somewhere around 10 school days, depending on how you decide to implement the writing workshop in your classroom.
The teacher will no doubt have to modify the timeline to fit his/her style and the needs of the students. The slides will contain all the information you need.
The bundle includes the writing prompt students will use to write the response as well as activities worksheets for each activity in the bundle.
Some parts of the bundle are available as separate units using the links below.
Introduction to Argument Writing with Guided Notes
Labeling the parts of an essay and sample body paragraphs
Using Two Informational Articles to Brainstorm and a Writing Prompt
Happy teaching and happy learning!