Parts of Argument II: Article Critique

Break down the parts of argumentative writing with a critical thinking activity. High schoolers read an article of your (or their choice), and use a graphic organizer to delineate the ways the author structures his or her arguments.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a lesson on persuasive writing in which learners evaluate the claims in nonfiction reading passages
  • Connect to social studies when studying primary sources and historical documents
Classroom Considerations

  • The sixth in a 12-lesson unit based on Kate L. Turabian's Student's Guide to Writing College Papers
  • Does not come with articles to analyze, but lesson provides examples of documents to use, and would work with any article in your curriculum
Pros

  • Helpful for both reading comprehension and persuasive writing skills
  • Aligned to several Common Core standards
Cons

  • None