Young scholars explore how arguments are constructed in order to make them effective. They identify the features of a balanced written argument and students construct an effective argument.
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Grades 9-10 Writing Module, Unit 1: Argument Writing
As an introduction to argument writing, groups examine two argument essays, observing how the writers state their claims and organize and support their ideas. Individuals then craft an argument essay, taking a position on the question of...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and Argument Writing Performance Assessment
Are student athletes under too much pressure to perform? Middle schoolers use evidence from a series of provided videos and articles to support their stance on this highly-charged topic.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Utopias: Are Perfect Worlds Possible?
How would the members of your language arts class describe their own utopian universe? Middle schoolers discuss and design the attributes of their perfect worlds, complete with brochures, class discussions, and written arguments about...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Common Core Constructed Response Organizer
Get your writers ready to compose a constructed response essay in response to either an informational or fictional text. Pupils note down the big idea they wish to address as well as up to nine examples from the text that they wish to...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Brainstorm Workshop: Responding to Friendly Questions
Questions are not meant to challenge arguments, but to enhance them. High schoolers use peers' questions about their one-page research proposals to guide further research and to generate ideas for the next draft of writing.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed