Reading Argumentative Text


ELAR-Grade-7 Non-fiction Texts Reading Argumentative Text
Students define the characteristics of an argumentative text, including audience, claim, evidence, and counterargument. They identify types of evidence. Then students read a passage and analyze the argument made by the author. After identifying the characteristics and analyzing the evidence and counterarguments, students evaluate the effectiveness of the author’s argument.

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Overview

In this experience, students define the characteristics of an argumentative text, including audience, claim, evidence, and counterargument. They identify types of evidence. Then students read a passage and analyze the argument made by the author. After identifying the characteristics and analyzing the evidence and counterarguments, students evaluate the effectiveness of the author’s argument.

Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics of an argumentative text.
  • Analyze author’s claim, reasons, evidence, and counterargument.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of an author’s argument.

Duration

Two to three class periods. Students will read several argumentative texts. You may have students read these articles before beginning the experience.


We know that authors write for various reasons. Many times, an author chooses to write an article to communicate his opinions to the reader and to attempt to convince the reader to feel the way he does. In this experience, you will learn more about what argumentative texts are and the characteristics that make an argument effective.

Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics of an argumentative text.
  • Analyze author’s claim, reasons, evidence, and counterargument.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of an author’s argument.


teenager looking at her cell phone

Imagine you are trying to convince your parents to buy you a new phone. What do you think would make an effective argument so they would buy it for you?

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Discuss student responses. Most students will recognize that begging and pleading won’t work. What might work on parents is presenting factual, relevant reasons about why a young person needs the latest phone. 


In this experience, you are going to learn how authors make factual, relevant arguments to try and convince their readers to agree with them. Just like arguing for a new phone, you will see how authors do more than just state their opinion.


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