Directions: You will be writing an argumentative essay either supporting or opposing a topic of your choice. In five paragraphs, you are to introduce the topic, present your argument while also acknowledging a counter claim



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Argumentative Essay



Directions:

You will be writing an argumentative essay either supporting or opposing a topic of your choice. In five paragraphs, you are to introduce the topic, present your argument while also acknowledging a counter claim, and provide reasons and evidence for both! Remember: you are arguing for your topic/opinion while showing both points of view.


Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • State your claim

Paragraph 2: Body paragraph one


Paragraph 3: Body paragraph two



  • Support your claim with your second piece of evidence.

  • Explain this evidence with your second warrant.

Paragraph 4: Body paragraph three



  • What is the counter-argument? (This is your “con.”)

  • Explain one counter-claim/evidence.

Paragraph 5: Conclusion



  • Final statement

    • Restate your claim and 2 “pros” and 1 “con in an original way.

    • Make a final statement. Consider what you want your reader to remember!


CLAIM = the point you are trying to make/argue

EVIDENCE = facts that support your claim (Hint: important quotes from outside sources (articles).)

WARRANT = explains how your evidence supports your claim

COUNTER-CLAIM = the opposing view point’s opinion
On the back of this sheet, there is a rubric. SAVE THIS SHEET. You must turn in the rubric with the paper. Papers without rubrics WILL NOT be graded.


  • Your final draft MUST BE typed. Size 12, Times New Roman, Double Spaced.

  • Your essay must have a title

  • No first person pronouns. That includes “I” “Me” “We.”

  • Audience: Teens

  • 1st Rough Draft Due: ____________

  • 2nd Rough Draft Due: ____________

  • Final Draft Due: ____________


Benchmarks Covered:
31: I can write an argument that introduces a claim, acknowledges a counter claim, and clearly organizes the reasons and evidence for both.
32: I can write an argument that develops claims and counter claims, supplies evidence for each, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of both, based on what might be important to the audience.
33: I can write an argument that uses transitions to link the major sections of a text, create unity and clarify relationships, claims, and reasons, and evidence.
34: I can write an argument that contains a concluding statement that supports the claims supported.
35: I can write an argument that maintains a formal style and objective tone, while considering the rules of the content area.
36: I can write a clear and logical piece of writing that shows an understanding of the task, purpose, and audience.
RUBRIC

Benchmark

4

3

2

1

0

31: Introduction: Argument clearly stated

Introduction includes: Statement that states the issue and position and lays out the claims.

Introduction includes a statement that states the issue and the position.

There is not one clear statement that that communicates the topic and the position.

The intro does not include the topic or the position.

No intro.

32: Claims and Counter Claims: Evidence

Provides two claims and one counter claim. Includes evidence for each. Outside sources were used.

Provides two claims and one counter claim. Includes explanation and evidence for each.

You are missing either one claim or one counter claim. OR You do not have enough evidence for one.

You are missing multiple claims or evidence for claims.

No counter claims or claims

33: Transitions!

You have correctly used at least 5 transitions.

You have correctly used 4 transitions.

You have correctly used 3 transitions.

You have used transitions incorrectly or only used 2 or less.

No transitions.

34: Conclusion

I have a conclusion paragraph that recaps my essay and gives the readers something to do.

I have a conclusion paragraph that accurately recaps my essay.

My conclusion is missing one more claims.

My conclusion paragraph is not 5-7 sentences in length.

No conclusion paragraph.

35: Formal Style

No spelling or grammar errors. No personal pronouns.


No 1st person pronouns. 1-3 spelling or grammar mistakes.

One more 1st person pronoun. 4-9 spelling or grammar mistakes.

More than one 1st person pronoun. 10 or more spelling mistakes.

All 1st person. More than 10 spelling or grammar mistakes.

36: Task, Purpose, Audience

Directed to teenagers. Position and topic are clear and strong throughout the entire paper.

Position and topic are clear and strong throughout the paper.

Unsure of the position of the author. Topic is not clear.

Neither topic nor position is clearly stated.

No topic or position.


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