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Argumentative Writing. Writing an argument with supportive claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence . 2011 D. Burkey H. Jones. What is it?.

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argumentative writing
Argumentative Writing

Writing an argument with supportive claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


D. Burkey

H. Jones

what is it
What is it?
  • 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.
common core argumentative vs persuasive argument the old way
Common Core Argumentative Vs.Persuasive Argument the Old Way
  • Take five minutes and read the article.
  • Compare and contrast the two types of writing with colleagues.
know the difference
Know the difference:
  • Author’s claim – the author’s thesis or assertion (what the author is trying to prove)
  • Author’s Argument – a series of related statements which represent an attempt to support the author’s claim.
components of a strong argument
Components of a Strong Argument
  • Clearly Stated Claim
  • Distinguished counter claim (7th and 8th grade only)
  • Facts and evidence supporting the claim
  • Facts and evidence supporting the counter claim (8th grade only)
  • Conclusion supporting the claim
characteristics of a strong argument
Characteristics of a Strong Argument
  • Strategically Organized
  • Formal Style
  • Precise Word Choices
  • Standard Conventions
student misconceptions about argumentative writing
Student misconceptions about argumentative writing
  • Students think that an argument is a fight and that they must “spar” with the text.
  • Students take an inflexible position without recognizing the nuances of the argument.
  • Students think an argument is just an opinion.
  • Students think emotions must be involved.
  • Students think an argument should be five paragraphs.
sample prompts for argumentative writing
Sample Prompts for Argumentative Writing
  • Should the Howard County Public School System stop selling junk food in the cafeteria?
  • The current driving age in MD is 15 years and 9 months. Should the driving age in MD be raised to 17 years?
  • 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?
anchor papers
Anchor Papers
  • Read the anchor paper and annotations for your grade level.
  • Use the rubric to determine the anchor paper’s score for the first four categories.
  • Partner with someone from your grade level and discuss why you chose those scores.
sample assignment menu
Sample Assignment Menu
  • Essay
  • Political Cartoon
  • Business Letter
  • Friendly Letter
  • Editorial
  • Web Page
  • Brochure
  • Advertisement
  • Critique
  • Speech
resources provided by hcpss
Resources Provided by HCPSS