Argument Writing Plan

Our Argument Writing Plan will help students write arguments in all content areas.

Use our Argument Essay Rubric--aligned to the Common Core Standards--to clearly communicate your expectations for the writing task.

Where is this in the Writing Process: Step 1

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Maxine Sagapolutele--a high school ESL/ELD teacher in the Grossmont Union High School District, San Diego--and Jonathan LeMaster developed this writing plan to support argumentative writing.

Additional Resources

Link to the ACT Argument Rubric and ACT College and Career Readiness Standards for Writing.

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Argument Writing Plan Step-By-Step Process

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Learning
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Planning Journal

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Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Argument Terms
Persuasive Appeals
Supporting Claims
Transition Language
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Rubric
Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Practice skills in all subjects

Notes on Sources
Intro Checklist
Paragraph Checklist
Conclusion Checklist
Innovation Wall
Rubric with Sources

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

W1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W5
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
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