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Do your students struggle to write claim statements that actually analyze a text? Do your students' claim statements lack insight?
This lesson is my go-to for teaching students how to add insight to analytical claim statements. This handout helps students take the big, analytical task of writing an argument into digestible steps. It can be applied to any text, but the teacher handout uses To Kill a Mockingbird.
This handout is used as a springboard for students to practice.
To use: I model a think aloud, give students an opportunity to try on their own, project 3 successful claims using a document camera, and then give kids the opportunity to revise or re-write. If time allows, I repeat the process of projecting 3 successful claims, and students explain why the claims are insightful.