Lesson Plan

Argument Arrangements

Help your students strengthen their argument writing! Using the strategy of writing advantages and disadvantages, students will delve into writing strong reasons that are rooted in evidence.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to organize and construct an argument. Students will be able to supply relevant, supporting reasons which connect to a stated claim.


(10 minutes)
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  • Point to the covered word card labeled Argue on the board.
  • Invite student volunteers to guess the word.
  • Uncover one letter at a time, alternating with guessing, until students guess the word.
  • Challenge your students, asking them to think about what it means to argue. What might we see? What might we hear?
  • Ask the students to discuss their thoughts with a partner.
  • Repeat this process with the covered Argument word card, again inviting students to guess the word, followed by a discussion about the word argument.
  • Explain to the students that similar to an argument, sometimes we write with the purpose of convincing others to change their mind or behavior.
  • Tell the students that today they will be working on building a claim by stating advantages and disadvantages.