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How to Write an Argumentative Essay

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How to Write an Argumentative Essay
Do Now - Day 1
In one clear and strongly worded sentence tell me if you think Cromwell Middle School should be required to wear uniforms.
Day 2 -
How to write an introduction

Do Now: The Hardest Part
Do Now - Day 3
Use four colors to highlight the four different parts of an argumentative introduction of a partner

Make a key to show what colors represent which parts

The four parts of an introduction include:
Hook, Background information, Thesis, 3 Reasons

Day 4 - Do Now
Write on the board any issues you had with writing your first body paragraph
Do Now - Day 5
Use highlighters to identify the 3 parts of the body:
Baby Thesis
Examples
Warrant
Then make any necessary comments
Pro
Con
This is why nearly the entire student body is up in arms about the intended policy brought before the secondary task force committee.
The committee’s proposal that both Cromwell Middle School and Cromwell High School students should be required to wear uniforms to school is completely unjust
What was the hardest part of the introduction and why?
Peer Review of Introductions
Make Comments in Pen
Does the hook draw you in and make you want to read the essay?
Does the Background information give you enough information so you know what’s going on?
Is the thesis strong and clear (no “I think”)?
Are the three reasons broad enough to write an entire paragraph about?

Exemplary Model
Life is hard for a middle school student. Grades are constantly handing over our heads, extracurricular activities completely take over our afternoons, and there are endless rules in place to keep us in line. This is why nearly the entire student body is up in arms about the intended policy brought before the secondary task force committee. The committee’s proposal that both Cromwell Middle School and Cromwell High School students should be required to wear uniforms to school is completely unjust because it is a violation of our rights as Americans, a waste of money for our parents, and a distraction to the educational process.
Homework:
Write the outline for the Sam Smiley Introduction
Homework:
Write the Sam Smiley Introduction

You may either type it or hand write it
Homework
Outline the Sam Smiley Body #1
and
Write the first body paragraph
Writer's Workshop
First we're going to peer edit with highlighters again
Make a key for the following items:
Baby Thesis
Examples
Warrants
If you want to make additional comments (such as needs transitions) write it in pen/pencil
Classwork/Homework
Outline body paragraph #2 for Sam Smiley
and
Write your body paragraph #2 for Sam Smiley
Classwork:
You have 15 minutes to work on outlining and writing (on another sheet of paper) your 3rd body paragraph
RED LIGHT!
Writing a Conclusion
For all these reasons, Cromwell Middle School students should not be forced to wear uniforms
To deny students the right to express themselves is an injustice to the fundamental rights we have as Americans to express our freedom. Uniforms would also be an excessive cost for parents who may not have the money available to buy uniforms. Not to mention the distractions that will inevitably unfold if uniforms are required to be worn by students.
The students of Cromwell Middle School are nearly unanimous in their disapproval of the new uniform policy, hopefully their voice will be heard and respected.
Do Now - Day 6
Peer Review your partner's 2nd & 3rd body paragraph
Highlight the following:
Baby Thesis
Examples
Warrants
Then circle the transitions
And write them lengthy comments
Tree Branch Organizer
Thesis: Sam died b/c...
Body #1: Pockets
Body #2: Witnesses
Body #3: Map
For Example, on the map...
Another example from the map which proves...
Another example from the witnesses which proves...
Another example from the witnesses which proves...
For example, (insert name of the witnesses)....
For example, in Sam's pocket was...
Peer Edit the second body paragraph
Classwork/Homework:
Outline the Sam Smiley Conclusion
Write on a separate sheet of paper the Sam Smiley Conclusion
Do Now - Day 7
Go to Edmodo.com
Take the poll - Which part of the essay was the most difficult for you?
Then click respond and explain why you made your choice
ANYONE WHO WRITES SOMETHING NOT RELATED ANYWHERE ON EDMODO WILL LOSE OUT ON TIME TO WORK ON THEIR CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK
Classwork/Homework
You have the entire period to work on your rough draft.
Use your Sloppy Copy as a guide to writing your rough draft
Good luck :)
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