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Toolbox: Argument


Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Argumentative vs Persuasive Writing

Are you confused about the difference between argumentative and persuasive writing? If so, you are certainly not alone. Many teachers struggle to identify and explain the subtle distinctions between these two genres. Here are two clues to help you tell them apart: Is the author presenting evidence or trying to convince you of something? By […]

Grade 7 Argument Sample

My daughter Hayley can argue anything! When she was in middle school if I said the sky was blue she would argue that it was really shades of gray. I called her my little defense attorney, and who knows she just might be one day. It got to the point where I decided I would […]

Expository / Argument Chart – Grade 6-8

How do expository writing and argument writing compare? What similarities and differences do you need to teach your students? This chart identifies the salient qualities and features of each genre. The good news – there are skills that can be taught in one genre that will transfer to the other genre!  

Comprehensive Argumentative Writing Guide – Grades 6-8 – Scope & Sequence

In my school we used to say, tongue-in-cheek, that our over-all approach to writing was “curriculum by folktale.” Our building had been closed for many years and recently reopened, bringing together educators from the thirteen existing schools throughout the district. And everyone brought with them the writing lessons they’d made their own. The result was […]