Argumentative Writing -

I'm looking for a creative way to activate students in an argumentative unit. Right now we read and identify to parts of an argument to determine whether it is "sound" or lacks substance. What can we DO instead?

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November 21, 2022

What is the age of your students?

December 14, 2022

Middle School 6-8

November 22, 2022

Great question. Can you add the age of your students. For role modeling, I have created Clips in the past and used the arrows to highlight certain features.

December 01, 2022

You might take a look at Katie Morrow’s @KatieM-AppleEDU One Best Thing book in the Apple Book Store:

Write to Change the World: Challenge Based Learning for Persuasive Writing

It’s not argumentative writing per se but has some great tips on using the writing process to persuade. It is more student driven as it is Challenge Based Learning. The students use different tools to develop their writing and provide feed back to each other on what “arguments” are convincing. Plus then they developed plans to implement supported changes.

December 02, 2022

Great question! Like others, I'd be interested to know what age group you're working with. Breaking this up into a small group activity with task cards might be one way to get students more active in breaking apart an argument. I also like to have students annotate as they read to show that they can find the central claim and evidence before evaluating the soundness of the argument. Then, like JJ mentioned in her comment, you could have students work in partners or small groups to create Clips videos or even just screen recordings where students create "think alouds" that break down the argumentative pieces of writing they've analyzed.

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