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Argument Writing: Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
Argument Writing: Claim, Reasons, and Evidence
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.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Map Your Essay: Graphic Organizer
Map Your Essay: Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Map Your Essay: Graphic Organizer
Young writers map out their essays with the help of this graphic organizer.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Here’s What I Think!
Here’s What I Think!
Lesson Plan
Here’s What I Think!
Second graders love field trips and sharing their opinions! This fun lesson combines both, as students must convince their teacher to take them on a field trip by practicing their opinion writing and using paragraph structure.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Writers' Building Blocks
Writers' Building Blocks
Workbook
Writers' Building Blocks
Here is some basic training for every budding author. This series focuses on the pre-writing and organization stages of writing, including sequencing stories, making outlines and researching.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Argument Writing: Sentence Frames
Argument Writing: Sentence Frames
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Sentence Frames
Introduce your students to words and phrases that will strengthen their argument writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Best Food
The Best Food
Worksheet
The Best Food
Second graders love food! Help your young writer share their opinion about the best kind of food using this helpful paragraph organizer. Fair warning, this activity might make you hungry!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
How to Outline an Essay
How to Outline an Essay
Worksheet
How to Outline an Essay
If your writer needs help organizing to write that big essay assignment, give them a helpful cheat-sheet full of tips on making an outline.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
While playing this fun memory game, students will find a piece of evidence that supports each claim.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Counter-Arguments
Argument Writing: Counter-Arguments
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Counter-Arguments
With this exercise, students will practice writing counter-arguments and rebuttals.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
Lesson Plan
Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay
Once students have selected a topic related to a piece of literature they have read and mapped out their argument, this lesson will help them turn their prewriting into an essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Literary Argument Writing: Defining Your Topic
Literary Argument Writing: Defining Your Topic
Lesson Plan
Literary Argument Writing: Defining Your Topic
This lesson will help your young writers develop a claim, or thesis, and construct an argument around it. You may have students complete the essay by continuing the process with the lesson Literary Argument Writing: Drafting Your Essay.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Pre-Writing Organizer
This pre-writing exercise introduces five parts of a strong argument, including counter-arguments.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fact vs. Opinion Sort
Fact vs. Opinion Sort
Worksheet
Fact vs. Opinion Sort
Before students write opinion pieces, they need to understand the difference between facts and opinions. This worksheet teaches them to do just that by having students cut out various statements and sort them into fact and opinion categories.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Developing Theses
Developing Theses
Lesson Plan
Developing Theses
Students will sharpen their thesis-making skills by developing several through discussion.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Argument Writing: Make a Claim
Argument Writing: Make a Claim
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Make a Claim
Introduce your students to argument writing with this high-interest prompt about homework!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Opinion Essay Quick Sketch
Opinion Essay Quick Sketch
Lesson Plan
Opinion Essay Quick Sketch
Students will outline an opinion essay by constructing single-sentence sketches of the several components.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
It’s Okay to Argue
It’s Okay to Argue
Lesson Plan
It’s Okay to Argue
We don’t want arguments in the classroom, right? Actually arguments aren’t all bad! In this lesson, students learn to write argumentative essays.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Best Vacation
The Best Vacation
Worksheet
The Best Vacation
Who doesn't love dreaming about their ideal vacation? Help your young writers share their opinion of the best place to vacation while using this handy paragraph organizer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument
Introduce your students to the five parts of an effective argument.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Support a Claim
Support a Claim
Worksheet
Support a Claim
Kids practice argument writing with this claims worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Field Trip Opinion
Field Trip Opinion
Worksheet
Field Trip Opinion
Second graders love field trips! Help them share their opinion about the best field trip location while using this handy paragraph organizer.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
In this exercise, your young writers will write a persuasive letter to a person of their choice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
Young writers will write a persuasive letter in response to a formal letter.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Pick a Prompt
Argument Writing: Pick a Prompt
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Pick a Prompt
Use this survey to help students think about their opinions and reasoning for eight high-interest prompts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
Worksheet
Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
Young writers will practice identifying the five parts of an effective argument before writing their own argument.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Argument Writing Resources

Parents and teachers may not want to teach kids to be better arguers, but doing so instills logical, thoughtful thinking. In order to debate a point, students must defend their opinion, provide evidence, and be quick on their feet in order to make a counter-claim. These argument writing resources train kids to do just that.

Arguably the Best Resources on Argument Writing

The word "argue" has a negative connotation, but arguing a point means one has an opinion they care enough about to defend. There are resources in the Learning Library that teach students how to craft a strong argument. The printable worksheets make for engaging class lessons. Some worksheets provide students with information on how to frame an argument—how to state a claim, begin a counterpoint, and finish with a credible conclusion. Other printouts instruct students to balance the pros and cons of specific subjects like homework or snakes. There is a variety of lesson plans on arguing found in the resource center, too. The It's Okay to Argue lesson plan teaches kids how to support their argument with evidence. Literary Argument: Drafting Your Essay is an extensive look at formatting a claim through thoughtful pre-writing. There is also a printable workbook for fifth graders, Writers' Building Blocks, that includes assignments on transitions, adding unexpected details, and other tips on effective writing. Education.com's sources on argument writing transform students into opinionated learners who are prepared to debate with evidence.