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Writing an Argumentative Response. 8 th Grade English 2014-15. Key Points to an Arugment. State a position Support with text-based evidence Explain how your evidence supports your position (Analyze)

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Writing an argumentative response

Writing an Argumentative Response

8th Grade English

2014-15


Key points to an arugment

Key Points to an Arugment

  • State a position

  • Support with text-based evidence

  • Explain how your evidence supports your position (Analyze)

  • Acknowledge what the other side would say to prove your position wrong using their points or evidence.

  • Explain how the opposition’s point or evidence is inaccurate.


Forming an argument

Forming an Argument

  • Look at evidence from both sides of the argument before you do anything else.

    • You may already know what side you are on, but an intelligent person also knows what the opposite side will say.

  • Choose the strongest piece of evidence from “The Tell-Tale Heart” on both sides of the prompt. #1 on graphic organizer


Forming an argument1

Forming an Argument

  • Once you have chosen the strongest evidence from on both sides of the prompt, choose the side you support (agree with). #2 on graphic organizer

  • Explain in your words why you support your side (justification) #3 on graphic organizer


Requirements to get to desired verdict

Requirements to get to desired verdict

  • Cite evidence from your NONFICTION article to support your position. #4 on graphic organizer


Supporting your argument

Supporting Your Argument

  • Gather all of the relevant evidence that would support your position. #5 on graphic organizer


Additional support

Additional Support

  • Look at the articles you and your classmates read. Find all the key points you will need to prove to get the verdict that matches with your side of the prompt. #6 on graphic organizer

    • If you are supporting “guilty of murder,” list all the things you have to do to prove this.

    • If you are supporting “not-guilty by insanity,” list all the things you have to do to prove this.


Analyzing your evidence

Analyzing Your Evidence

  • Explain how the evidence you chose meets the requirements you found in the article(s) to prove your side of the argument (guilty or not-guilty by insanity). #7 on graphic organizer


Acknowledging the opposition

Acknowledging the Opposition

  • As an intelligent person who knows that there are two sides to every argument, you need to acknowledge what the other side would say and the evidence they would use to try to prove your argument wrong. #8 on graphic organizer

    • Remember try to use one of your opposition’s stronger main ideas. This will make your own argument look even better.


Disproving the opposition

Disproving the Opposition

  • After acknowledging your opposition, you need to fully develop something called a counterclaim. This is where you explain why the opposition’s evidence and position is not right. #9 on graphic organizer

    • Remember to use a logical, evidence based argument when you disprove your opponent.

    • Just saying “they are wrong because I am right” is not going to convince anyone.


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