In this unit, students learn how to make a claim, provide logically ordered reasons for that claim, and refute possible counterclaims. This unit is aligned with our Informational Unit, so students will spend time reading and researching a topic to develop their argumentative essays for this unit.
W5.1a - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the author's purpose.
W5.1b - Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
W5.1c - Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
W5.1d - Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
opinion: a view or judgement about a topic
argument: a set of reasons meant to persuade others
claim: an assertion of the truth of something
summary of evidence: paraphrasing all quotes & supports for your claim into a strong sentence
boxes and bullets: Organizes your thoughts for an argumentative essay.
transitional phrases: Organizes your writing by showing how ideas are related.
lead:The claim with which you start each new argument.
opposing point of view: The opinion opposite yours.
counterclaim: Recognizing that there is evidence that goes against your argument, followed by a statement about why your claim is still valid.
refute: Prove a statement wrong or false