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Stake your Claim - Argument Essay Writing for High Schoolers

When verbally debating a topic with someone it is much easier to pick a side and defend your point. When putting that debate in writing, defending your point without anyone there to argue the other side can prove challenging. Here are some resources to help our students stake their claims and stick with them.
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Stake your Claim - Argument Essay Writing for High Schoolers
  • Megan McClure says:
    Teaching Argument Writing by George Hillocks is a bit denser than An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments but still boast a few funny graphics within its pages. Hillocks, an award-winning educator, provides methodology, classroom activities, and lesson plans to encourage critical thinking in your students as they write their argument essays.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Amazon aptly describes this book as, "The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!" An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a witty, visual depiction of faulty arguments and logical fallacies.
  • Megan McClure says:
    "Outline for Argument Essays" is a worksheet you can print out and hand out to your students to help students write their argument essay. The first page provides a step-by-step outline for students to complete. The remaining two pages provide a revision checklist and breakdown of the five-paragraph essay structure, complete with what elements should be included in each paragraph.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This website provides a number of argument essay samples, as well as links to argument essay how-to's and outlines.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Here is another resource from Purdue's OWL, but this one goes beyond an overview and gets into the nitty gritty of argument essay writing. Loaded with examples and links, this resource will help your students delve deep into the subject of essay writing so they can deliver a quality argument.
  • Megan McClure says:
    This is a wonderful graphic for those more visual learners as to how an argumentative essay should be structured.
  • Purdue OWL: Essay Writing

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    Megan McClure says:
    Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a great overview of what an argumentative essay is and how it should be structured.
  • Megan McClure says:
    Tenth grade English teacher, Christina Proctor, believes the best way for students to learn how to write a good argument essay is to have them practice debating their topics first. In this video, she facilitates a Socratic Seminar where students debate a topic in small groups first before sending a representative to debate in front of the entire class.
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