Argumentative Writing: A Complete Argument Essay Writing Unit


Help your students master the art of argumentative writing with this argument writing teaching unit! I created this argumentative essay writing teaching unit with secondary ELA students in mind, and it includes step-by-step and engaging writing instructional materials. This argument essay writing unit includes everything you need for a complete argumentative writing instructional unit, including the print & digital materials.

This essay writing instructional unit includes an editable instructional presentation for direct instruction and student resources to help you and your students work through an argument essay. With a focus on argument writing and informational text, this unit fuses together key ELA standards as it covers the differences between persuasive and argumentative writing. Thus unit also teaches purpose, audience, tone, diction, and the rhetorical triangle. 

This argument essay teaching unit includes these resources: 

  • An editable and engaging 25-slide instructional presentation
  • A standards-based unit outline
  • Argument essay writing sketch notes
  • Two informational text activities (one for the rhetorical triangle and one for diction)
  • An argumentative essay assignment with a link to 200 possible topics
  • Argument essay writing brainstorming organizers
  • Thesis writing organizer
  • Counter argument organizer
  • Two argument essay outlines
  • An easy-to-understand peer review worksheet
  • Two different grading rubrics (one with set and one with fill-in-the-blank points values)

What fellow teachers are saying.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

I love this resource, especially the attention given to writing the thesis and the counterargument. The grading rubric is also exactly what I needed.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

The graphic organizer and the rubrics were super helpful! My students were able to easily organize and draft their argumentative essays about Bionic Eyes in an easy step-by-step process. The Thesis Statement graphic organizer and How to Address the Counterclaim were a breeze to teach this year because of this resource! I had my students put everything into their interactive notebook as a resource to use next year!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

I truly appreciate how this unit goes into the differences between argumentative writing and persuasive writing. Students need that differentiation. Great unit!

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