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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 whether the school should participate in the national "Shut Down Your Screen Week."
- In preparation for the final essay, ask class members to pledge to unplug themselves from all cell phones, computers, tablets, etc., for one weekend, and then have them write a journal reflection about the challenges they faced keeping this pledge
- The first in a series of three unit plans, designed for ninth and tenth graders, that uses model essays to develop writers' skills
- The 297-page unit packet includes an overview and introduction to the 20-lesson unit, the 20 lessons, a list of the standards addressed in each lesson, copies of the essay models, and supplemental lessons that teach discrete writing skills