This shift to argumentative writing has been a huge topic of conversation at my school -- probably at yours, too! Last weekend, I went to a fabulous AP Language workshop (presented by the College Board) that had a focus on argumentative writing and I was truly relieved and happy to discover that I've been laying a really solid foundation for my students to master argumentative writing!
One of the tools I've used the last two years (and, in fact, will be using this Wednesday!) as a foundation for teaching students to use textual evidence in their writing my Write like an Investigative Reporter Presentation. In it, I break down using evidence into three easy steps, easily remembered by the acronym ICE.
1. Introduce a claim.
2. Cite textual evidence to support your claim.
3. Explain how your evidence supports your claim.
I originally intended this presentation to be used with middle school students, but I am planning on using it with my high school freshmen this Wednesday. I think it will still be a terrific introduction for them as well! The presentation follows a typical "gradual release of responsibility" model: teacher example, student practice, reflection. It also includes Cloze notes for students, and a rubric for evaluating student work.
I just updated the clip art in this presentation, using products from Blair Turner and Digital Divide and Conquer, and it looks great! Here are a couple of sneak peaks:
Happy teaching and happy writing,