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Identifying an Author’s Purpose - Part 2
2nd - 4th CCSS: Designed
The ability of young readers to cite textual evidence when discussing a piece of writing is essential to the development of their reading comprehension skills. The second lesson in this series allows learners to practice this technique...
Identifying Author’s Purpose in a Newspaper
3rd - 5th CCSS: Designed
Between news articles, editorials, and comic strips, many different types of writing are presented to readers in a newspaper. The first lesson in this series helps children make sense of all this information by teaching them the key...
Common Core Reading Standards: Understanding Argument
9th - 10th CCSS: Designed
What does your class know about logical fallacies? They can find out quite a bit and practice identifying logical fallacies if you follow the steps and use the resources provided here! After reviewing ethos, pathos, and logos, ask small...
Write an Argument for a Thesis Statement
4 mins 5th - 7th CCSS: Designed
Learn how to create strong, well-developed thesis statements in persuasive writing. After identifying the primary subjects of their writing, young writers will add words and definitively state their own opinions in order to construct...
Free Willy? An Argument Analysis of the Controversy over Captive Killer Whale Populations
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
An abused captive or a treasured performer? Class members conduct an analysis of arguments presented by both sides regarding the captive killer whale population, labeling those claims that can be supported and those that need additional...
Persuasive Communication (Grades 9–12)
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Before your students reached your morning class to learn about persuasive writing, they probably saw dozens of examples of persuasive communication in the form of advertisements. A short, introductory instructional activity inspires...
Using Details from Text to Identify Author's Purpose
3rd - 7th
Explore writing techniques by analyzing newspapers and magazines with middle schoolers. They will collaborate in small groups to read local news stories and identify the main ideas and author's intent. They also utilize an information...
Lesson 2: Religion and the Argument for American Independence
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Young scholars examine how religion affected arguments justifying American independence. They read and analyze primary source documents, and write an essay analyzing how Americans used religious arguments to justify revolution against a...
Strengthen Argumentative Writing by Identifying an Opposing Claim
5 mins 7th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Many pupils do not understand how including an opposing claim in their essay will actually help their argument. However, they don't want their readers walking away thinking, But wait, what about...? A video expresses how to determine a...