Argument Resources

We’re always talking about bringing what we do in the classroom to a real-world environment.  There is a great opportunity for us to do this with the Argument unit and the New York Times, which is running a student contest:  Student Contest: Write an Editorial on an Issue that Matters to You. Submissions are due March 17th.

Other argument resources from the New York Times’s Learning Network:

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

  • While our argument assignments ask for an exploration of both sides, this lesson plan (complete with graphic organizers and a video on what makes a good editorial) might be good practice or a good stepping-stone on the way to the final argument paper.  Great practice for evidence-based arguments!

Skills Practice: Persuading an Audience Using Logos, Pathos, and Ethos

  • Includes an explanation of rhetorical devices and sample editorials that might interest students.

Skills Practice: Making Arguments Through Art

  • Another way to let students think about, understand, and create arguments.

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

From Two Writing Teachers: Mentor Text Thursday: Editorials

You also have a variety of resources in two books in the book room: Everything’s an Argument and Models for Writers.

Do you have any great resources for argument?  Feel free to leave links to them in the comment section to share!


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