Argument Organization

     I know some of us talked about generating an organizer for the argument paper to emphasize the structure of argument as an analysis of two claims and a conclusion drawn from research.
     Here’s Jim Burke’s argument organizer, which may work for some of you.
     My suggestion would be that students fill out 2 of these (one for each side of the argument) and use it to help them draw conclusions based on research. If you copy them on separate pieces of paper, students can put them side-by-side and evaluate the stronger side.
     I think this could be really effective if it’s first teacher modeled with research (both the filling out first and the evaluating second).
     Just a thought!

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!