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Teaching Evidence-Based Argument

  • 200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing
    Prompts by category for the student who can't think of anything to write about.
  • Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts
    This guide provides teachers with strategies for helping students understand the differences between persuasive writing and evidence-based argumentation. Students become familiar with the basic components of an argument and then develop their understanding by analyzing evidence-based arguments about texts. Students then generate evidence-based arguments of texts using a variety of resources. Links to related resources and additional classroom strategies are also provided. Designed for grades 6-12.
  • I Donít Think So: Writing Effective Counterarguments
    In this lesson students analyze the work of winners of the New York Times Learning Network's 2014 Student Editorial Contest as well as professional models from the Times editorial pages to learn how writers effectively introduce and respond to counterarguments. Then they write their own position pieces, incorporating counterarguments to strengthen their claims.
  • State of the Union Creative Assignment
    Introduction and 5 activities supporting study of the State of the Union Address: edit the speech, support or defend one statement from the speech, evaluate the topics chosen, write a critical response, write a catch phrase.
  • Teaching Argument for Critical Thinking and Writing: An Introduction
    This article discusses and provides a model for teaching argument. Adobe Reader required.
  • More ideas for teaching evidence-based argument


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