7.1 How To Write In Middle School – The 7th Grade Argumentative Essay


how to write middle school the seventh-grade argumentative essay background the common core’s standards require that seventh-grade students use an argumentative persuasive writing structure an argument has two sides or opposing claims the seventh grade writer must now acknowledge alternate or opposing claims the standards will evolve again for eighth graders they must acknowledge and distinguish the claim from alternate or opposing claims in eighth grade one of the big idea paragraphs must identify an opposing claim and explain why the claim is not valid further the core’s standards expect students to use accurate and credible sources this implies that they should research the information needed to address the claims in an argumentative writing structure the way you organize your writing is based on your goal when you want to persuade your reader you use an argumentative structure when you want to present information you use an informational or expository structure when you want to create an emotion you tell a story in a narrative structure these three predictable writing structures are common in our culture and our agreed upon ways of thinking and communicating today’s prompt it has been said that YouTube has little real educational value what is your position on this issue write an essay stating your opinion what are the words that signal the kind of writing structure to use the words little position and opinion in the prompt signaled that an argumentative writing structure is needed begin by gathering ideas associated with the two simple claims YouTube has no educational value or YouTube has an educational value some of the ideas may be reasons examples or anecdotes here’s what a poster could look like do a poster walk in the classroom encourage students to explain their ideas by putting them into different words have them find real-life examples illustrating their ideas after a full discussion students will be better able to articulate the association between idea and claim other people have looked at the same question find out what they have said to help you support your claim as you read write down the explanations details and examples that support your claim here’s one way to record this information be sure to include the name of the article the site the author and the date the article was written the student now completes an argumentative graphic organizer using their class brainstorming and research the persuasive paragraph has a predictable structure it begins with the point you want to make it is supported by explanations and examples to make the point more clear often your research fits here write your notes as phrases and fragments you’ll write full sentences later the paragraph ends by reconnecting the point and the thesis claim of the essay it’s important the student choose the side of the issue that has three distinct points that they can articulate this requires the student to analyze the information and choose and organize explanations details and examples that support each point the student should use logic and reason seeking clarity for the reader it should not be an emotional choice you last time you were given a prompt to write an essay the words little position and opinion in the prompt signaled that an argumentative writing structure is needed you brainstormed ideas associated with both sides of the claim you talked to your classmates and explained your ideas by putting them into different words you researched what others have said about the claims in your prompt finally you analysed all of the information chose the ideas that helped your claim and completed an argumentative writing structure graphic organizer today you’ll assemble your essay begin by reviewing and improving your graphic organizer are your three points connected to your claim as each point made more clear by the explanations and examples you’ve chosen do you reconnect the point to the claim at the end of every paragraph time spent here improves your essay the opening paragraph of an essay must do three things it must cook the reader’s attention one attention-grabbing technique is to give an interesting fact about the topic next in just a few sentences lay out both sides of the issue this is the spot where you must acknowledge the alternate or opposing claim finally you’ve finished a paragraph with a sentence claiming one side of the issue the next three paragraphs present three distinct points connected to your claim each has a similar structure usually the point you want to make is introduced in the first sentence use words that organize your points the next sentences are explanations and examples to make the point more clear often your research fits here the last sentence restates the connection between the point and the overall claim you the next two paragraphs are written in the same way begin with the point use explanations and examples to make the point more clear and then end your paragraph by connecting your point back to the original claim be sure to use transition words to show that your points are organized the last paragraph of the essay is a summary and so what it must signal an end to the essay restate your claim remind the reader of your three points and get the reader to continue thinking about your essay after they’re done reading signal an end to the essay restate your claim remind the reader of your three points and get the reader to continue thinking about your essay after they’re done reading you you spent a day gathering and creating all the elements you needed for an essay the next day was spent assembling the elements in two sentences and paragraphs you wrote using signalling words to organize and connect your ideas this last day is for revisions revised means to look at again you’ll reread your essay five times each time looking through a new lens your first read-through is your essay focused on your topic do your big ideas connect to your claim on your second read-through do you have enough content do you have opening and closing paragraphs do you have three big idea paragraphs supported with explanations details and examples your third read-through is your essay organized so that it’s easily understood do you present both sides of the issue in your opening paragraph do you use signalling words to connect your ideas do you prompt the reader to continue to think about your essay after they put it down for three through what is your writing style do your sentences begin the same way do you write with long and short sentences do you use dialogue do you set the right tone for the topic your fifth read-through do you use standard writing conventions check for run-on sentences fragments verb agreement spelling punctuation some people read their essay backwards one sentence at a time to check for conventions good job

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