Writing Argumentative Text


ELAR-Grade-6 Non-fiction Texts Writing Argumentative Text
Students compose an argumentative text. First they choose a topic and then they develop it through the writing process from prewriting, to drafting, to revising and editing. They apply the characteristics and organizational structure of argumentative texts to their own writing.

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Overview

In this experience, students compose an argumentative text. First they choose a topic and then they develop it through the writing process from prewriting, to drafting, to revising and editing. They apply the characteristics and organizational structure of argumentative texts to their own writing.

At the end of the experience, students will self-evaluate their work based on a rubric. You may review the rubric with them at any point during this experience.

Objectives

  • Plan and write an argumentative essay, moving through the writing process.
  • Apply argumentative characteristics and organizational structure to an argumentative text.
  • Revise and edit argumentative text.

Duration

One week. You may want students to draft or research information outside of classroom time.


There have probably been many times in your life when you have shared your opinions in the attempt to get others to agree with you. At some point you have probably tried to convince your parents to let you do something. How did you make your argument? How did you try to convince them? In this experience, you will identify and apply the characteristics of an argumentative text. As you move through the writing process you will determine what makes an argument successful and you will apply those strategies to your own writing.

Objectives

  • Plan and write an argumentative essay, moving through the writing process.
  • Apply argumentative characteristics and organizational structure to an argumentative text.
  • Revise and edit argumentative text.


cartoon of cat presenting complicated equation to dog, with solution “and therefore cats are better than dogs”

…and therefore cats r better than dogs


Look at the above cartoon. What is happening?


Explain what you see in the cartoon. What do you think of the argument the cat is making? Why?

Post your answer

The cat is just stating an opinion and not providing any valid reasons or support.


In this experience, you will identify the difference between an opinion and an argument. Using this knowledge, you can write an effective argumentative essay.


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