Supporting Middle School And High School Students

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 24, 2015 11:22:58 AM

PencilMiddle School Writing and The Common Core State Standards

Students in middle school are expected to write informational, explanatory, opinion and argument writing pieces. The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level.

Middle School Students Learn About The Elements of an Opinion and Argument

When teaching students how to write an argument piece, students should be exposed to the elements of an argument. The definition of an argument is a reason or reasons why you are for or against something. Educators and parents can identify these elements in text. Teaching students to use content specific words also increases their academic vocabulary. When students make a claim, they need to think about evidence. Evidence is an essential part of argument writing.

  • Claim-The position or assertion that supports an argument
  • Evidence-Facts or reasons that support the claim
  • Warrant-Reasoning that connects evidence to the claim

In middle school students need to make a:

  • Counterclaim-The opposing position
  • Rebuttal-Logical reasons for the rejection of the counterclaim

Middle School Students Can Read Books About Arguments

A book that contains information regarding arguments about the climate is Climate Change. Myths and Controversies takes a look at some of the most popular arguments against climate change and why they are only myths. Teachers and students can read this text and examine some of the popular arguments. Find these online books on Big Universe.

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 8.49.51 AMWriting an Opinion Paper

Meg Greve (author)
ISBN: 9781627179300
Rourke Publishing
Writing an opinion paper isnt writing about factual information, but writing about what your opinion on a topic is. The challenge is to appeal to other peoples feelings and emotions, while leaving yours out. This type of paper can be more challenging than you think. Organizing your thoughts, writing a list of reasons that support your opinion, and which reasons can be proven with facts and which are simply how you feel. Learn how to frame your paragraphs, formatting, and transition words that help you make your opinion clear and persuasive! This book will allow students to ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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Interest Age:
Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Social Studies
English (US)







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