Lesson Plan

Argument Writing: Claim, Reasons, and Evidence

This lesson will help students map out their argument essay after they have identified a topic. Students will learn the three basic components of constructing an argument: stating a claim, listing reasons, and providing evidence.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify the three main parts of a written argument.
  • Students will be able to outline an argument essay by stating a claim, listing reasons, and providing evidence.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to think about the following statement and be prepared to state whether they agree or disagree, and list one reason: *Dogs are better pets than cats. *
  • Call on students to respond to the statement and to list their reasons. When they give a reason (for example, “Dogs are more fun”), press them to provide evidence (such as, “Dogs can be trained" or "Dogs can fetch”).
  • Do this several times, making up new statements that you think will inspire your students. (“Beyonce is the best performer,” or “Football is the best sport”).