Lesson Plan

Writing Arguments in Response to Nonfiction

This Writing Arguments in Response to Nonfiction lesson plan also includes:

Emotional appeal or argument? That is the question. An informative lesson helps your class recognize the difference between a logical argument and an emotional appeal and learn how to craft an argumentative response. Writers develop a thesis and write a four-paragraph essay based on evidence found within the texts.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use a jigsaw activity for reading and discussing the three articles 
  • Create a graphic organizer to help writers organize the essay
Classroom Considerations
  • Add an additional day of instruction to break up length of reading
  • Breaks down the process of writing an argumentative essay
  • Incorporates text analysis skills
  • Requires a lot of heavy reading in a single class period