Organizing an Argument

Upper elementary writers often need teacher guidance when organizing an argument. In this resource, students interact with multiple perspectives on a topic. First, students learn to learn to use a small set of signal phrases to alert readers to the use of evidence in their arguments. Then students are guided through a process where they use sticky notes to organize the evidence they plan to use in their argument. Students then choose from essay organizational structure, add evidence within the structure, and orally rehearse an argument. Students make revisions in their oral argument organization and then compose a multi-paragraph draft.

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Organizing An Argument