Lesson Plan

Argument Writing (Middle School)

During argument writing, students are learning how to establish a claim, use evidence from text/media to support their claim, and then include their reasoning behind why they chose that evidence and how it ties to their claim.
Paige S.
Classroom teacher
Falcon Creek Middle School
Aurora, United States
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English-Language Learning

Students will be able to...establish a claim.

Students will be able to...evaluate and choose evidence from a text/media to support their claim.

Students will be able to...use reasoning to tie their evidence back to their claim.


English Language Arts
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook

Activity: Presenting


To introduce argument writing, the teacher will play this clip from Monty Python's Argument Clinic.  Students will evaluate the difference between what an argument is and what an argument is not.

Student Instructions

Students view video clip, and they determine what are some effective argument techniques and what are not effective.

2 Direct Instruction/Guided Instruction

Activity: Reading

Teacher will direct students on to the following website:


Students will read the pros and cons about social networking, and they will create their own claim based on what they read (whether they are PRO or AGAINST social networking site).  They will need to choose evidence from the text to support their answer.

Student Instructions

Students will read the article, and they will need to create a claim and evidence to support their claim.

Once students read both sides of the argument pertaining to social media, students will create their claim and find two pieces of evidence from the article that supports their claim.

The teacher than can facilitate a Socratic Seminar discussion to let students discuss their claim and explain their reasoning behind the evidence they chose to support their claim.

3 Independent Practice

Teacher will direct students to the game Argument Wars.

Student Instructions

Students will use this game to practice identifying a claim and creating evidence to support their claim. Also, students will practice with responding to counter-arguments to a claim as well.

4 Enrichment

For an enrichment activity, students can watch the video on BrainPop that relates to debate.  Then, students can

Student Instructions

After watching the video, students can take the review quiz or classic quiz to see the areas they understand and what areas they may need to review with other classmates or the teachers.

5 Wrap-up

To wrap up, students will read the article on National Geographic Kids about whether or not Pluto is considered a planet.  Students will write both claims down and evidence from the article to support both claims.

Student Instructions

Students will determine both claims in the argument, "Is Pluto a planet?" and will find effective evidence to support each side.