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Evidence-Based Arguments Part 1 of 5

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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"Learning the skills and habits of mind associated with argumentation – how to conceive and
communicate “arguments to support claims,using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence”
Aligned to CCSS: W.8.1, RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.4, RI.8.8,W.8.1, W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.5, W.8.9. This resource is provided through EngageNY, using the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US):




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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