Lessons that Teach Students Argumentative and Persuasive Writing Skills
Writers of opinion/argument pieces, such as persuasive or pro/con essays, advertisements, reviews, or editorials, convince readers to embrace a particular point of view. The Opinion/Argument Writing Lessons provided by Writing A-Z help students learn to write using factual evidence to improve their persuasive writing skills.
Why Use Opinion/Argument Lessons
Opinion/argument writing helps students understand what it takes to write something that will change a reader's point of view, get a reader to take action, or convince a reader that the writer's analysis or synthesis of a particular topic or concept is true.
Process writing lessons help students understand the structure and language used in opinion/argument writing, so that they are able to distinguish between facts and opinions and supply reasons supported by evidence when they do their own writing.
How to Use Opinion/Argument Lessons
Process writing lessons have six parts and take about two weeks from start to finish. Step by step you teach and model the writing process and help students independently practice with their own compositions.
Leveled expectations appear next to each step of the lesson and correspond to the four developmental writing levels: beginning, early developing, developing, and fluent.
Leveled tips, writing samples, and graphic organizers help you differentiate each writing lesson to meet the needs of every student.
Resources with each text type lesson
- Lesson plan
- Graphic organizer sample
- Writing sample
- Graphic organizer
- Revision checklist
- Classroom poster
Some text types have digital lesson and practice support. Look for the links provided for each text type to determine which ones have digital support. Students will be able to complete a composition for a particular text type and submit it to you digitally so that you can score and track progress for each student online.