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Argumentative Writing


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A Common Core Presentation by Hakim Jones & Deb Burkey

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Argumentative Writing

  1. 1. Argumentative Writing<br />Writing an argument with supportive claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. <br />2011<br />D. Burkey<br />H. Jones<br />
  2. 2. What is it?<br />An author’s attempt to prove that their claim is true and to convince the reader to adopt the same viewpoint by using a series of related statements.<br />
  3. 3. Common Core Argumentative Vs.Persuasive Argument the Old Way<br />Take five minutes and read the article.<br />Compare and contrast the two types of writing with colleagues.<br />
  4. 4. Argumentative Writing Snapshot<br />
  5. 5. Know the difference:<br />Author’s claim – the author’s thesis or assertion (what the author is trying to prove)<br />Author’s Argument – a series of related statements which represent an attempt to support the author’s claim.<br />
  6. 6. Components of a Strong Argument<br />Clearly Stated Claim<br />Distinguished counter claim (7th and 8th grade only)<br />Facts and evidence supporting the claim<br />Facts and evidence supporting the counter claim (8th grade only)<br />Conclusion supporting the claim<br />
  7. 7. Characteristics of a Strong Argument<br />Strategically Organized<br />Formal Style<br />Precise Word Choices<br />Standard Conventions<br />
  8. 8. Student misconceptions about argumentative writing<br />Students think that an argument is a fight and that they must “spar” with the text.<br />Students take an inflexible position without recognizing the nuances of the argument.<br />Students think an argument is just an opinion.<br />Students think emotions must be involved.<br />Students think an argument should be five paragraphs.<br />
  9. 9. Graphic Organizers for Argumentative Writing<br />
  10. 10. Rubrics<br />
  11. 11. Sample Prompts for Argumentative Writing<br />Should the Howard County Public School System stop selling junk food in the cafeteria?<br />The current driving age in MD is 15 years and 9 months. Should the driving age in MD be raised to 17 years?<br />Currently the Howard County Public School system runs on a traditional ten-month school calendar. Should the HCPSS change to a year-round school calendar?<br />
  12. 12. Anchor Papers<br />Read the anchor paper and annotations for your grade level.<br />Use the rubric to determine the anchor paper’s score for the first four categories.<br />Partner with someone from your grade level and discuss why you chose those scores.<br />
  13. 13. Sample Assignment Menu<br />Essay<br />Political Cartoon<br />Business Letter<br />Friendly Letter<br />Editorial<br />Web Page<br />Brochure<br />Advertisement<br />Critique<br />Speech<br />
  14. 14. Resources Provided by HCPSS<br /><br /><br />