Lesson Plan

Argument Essay

Understanding of valid evidence for claim
Ann L.
Special Education Instructor
Van Wyck Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
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Students will be able to use evidence that supports their claim in an argument essay, create a cartoon depicting the argument evidence and present it.


English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Fun while learning

Using the pre-lesson tools provided by Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy, the teacher should go over the mechanics of the game and the objective of finding the best evidence to support you claim. These are very well provided in this app. The object is to build the the best Argubot to use in and win the dual.

The students should take notes on matching evidence to claims that worked best for them. You can monitor this step by asking questions, collecting notes or both. Students can also learn from their failures or weak Argubots as well. Ask questions such as, "Why didn't that one succeed?" or "What could you have done better?"


2 Making a claim and finding evidence

1. Ask students this questions and have them write down their opinion on a piece of paper. Should cell phones be used in schools? Take a tally.

2. Give students a few articles about cell phone use in school. They should read and highlight evidence to support their claim.




OR use The Learning Network for current topics and articles.

3. Model evidence found and show the connection to claim.

4. Use outline by scholastic magazine to list evidence and counter claim.

3 Writing the argument

Have outline available for students to follow as they write their essay.


Writing rough draft that teacher can edit and comment on using classroom.google


4 Create Argument Cartoon

Bitstips for Schools:

1. Create an account

2. Add students to a class

3. Develop activity


4. Students present comic