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Apps, Games, and Sites for Persuasive and Argumentative Writing

Help students learn the skills they'll need to produce works of high-quality argumentative writing. In the work they produce, students must learn to develop a claim, substantiate it with evidence, acknowledge opposing claims, and utilize relevant, logical reasoning to develop a sound and coherent argument. Beyond academic writing, these are the skills that will give students a solid foundation in the kind of critical thinking necessary for them to be well-informed citizens of a democracy.

Quandary Publisher: Learning Games Network
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
Grades 2-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Citizen Science Publisher: GLS Studios
Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues
Grades 4-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
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Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy Publisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
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Argument Wars Publisher: iCivics.org
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument
Grades 6-10
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Drafting Board Visit Website: https://www.icivics.org/products/drafting-board
Students get persuasive skills with delightful civics-based essay tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Room for Debate Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate
Experts examine, dissect, and discuss critical issues
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ProCon.org Visit Website: http://www.procon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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The Sports Network 2
Make news and build ELA skills with this cable sports show sim
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Weava Publisher: Weava Tools
Chrome extension helps organize web-based research
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Chrome
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Your Commonwealth Visit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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iSideWith Visit Website: www.isidewith.com
Easy-to-use political quiz provides instant results, provokes debate
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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