Reading Argumentative Text


ELAR-Grade-6 Non-fiction Texts Reading Argumentative Text
Students learn the elements of an argumentative text, including the types of evidence an author can use as support. They also explore the connection between knowing a text’s audience and reading argumentative text. Next, they read an argumentative passage and explain the audience, claim, reasons, evidence, and counterargument. Finally, they consider whether the argument in the passage they read is convincing.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn the elements of an argumentative text, including the types of evidence an author can use as support. They also explore the connection between knowing a text’s audience and reading argumentative text. Next, they read an argumentative passage and explain the audience, claim, reasons, evidence, and counterargument. Finally, they consider whether the argument in the passage they read is convincing.

Objectives

  • Explain the characteristics of an argumentative text.
  • Analyze the author’s claim, reasons, and evidence.
  • Identify the audience for an argumentative text.
  • Analyze potential counterarguments.

Duration

One or two class periods.

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We all have opinions and many of us like to share them—sometimes in writing! In this experience, you will learn more about what argumentative writing includes and what makes it most effective.

Objectives

  • Explain the characteristics of an argumentative text.
  • Analyze the author’s claim, reasons, and evidence.
  • Identify the audience for an argumentative text.
  • Analyze potential counterarguments.


illustration of person looking at ad on computer screen

Think about the last advertisement you saw. Did the commercial make you want to buy the item being advertised? Why or why not? Explain what made the advertisement successful or not.

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Invite volunteers to share their ad and their thinking. Use this as a springboard to discuss what makes an author’s argument successful. Encourage students to share the different techniques used by advertisers—powerful language, attractive images, compelling arguments, etc.


Computer ads are similar to certain types of written texts because the advertisers or authors want to persuade you to agree with them. In this experience, you will evaluate how authors make an argument to their readers and what makes their arguments effective.


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