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Ch 14: 8th Grade Language Arts: Argumentative Writing

About This Chapter

This Argumentative Writing chapter features short and informative online video lessons designed to help your 8th grade students develop strong persuasive writing skills. Assess your students' proficiency in analyzing arguments with the provided lesson quizzes.

Argumentative Writing - Chapter Summary

The Argumentative Writing chapter is divided into several lessons that cover key concepts related to writing a persuasive essay. Your 8th graders can learn to analyze the effectiveness of an argument as well as how to construct their own argumentative essays. The short videos use fun graphics and examples to help students absorb and retain the material so that they're ready for tests and homework assignments on argumentative writing. Along with the multiple-choice lesson quizzes, the chapter comes with an exam that you can use to check students' grasp of the material.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence With this lesson, students learn the four parts of writing an effective argument.
Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources Students learn to identify reliable sources.
Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article Instructors teach the procedures for finding basic reasoning patterns in an essay.
How to Evaluate Reasoning This lesson includes tips for evaluating the reasoning behind an argument.
How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity Students can explore ways to check the validity of an argument.
How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments Instructors demonstrate how to evaluate conflicting arguments.
How to Write a Great Argument This chapter includes tips for writing strong argumentative essays.
How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay The steps for constructing a persuasive essay are demonstrated by the instructor.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: 8th Grade Language Arts: Argumentative Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

1. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

2. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

3. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

4. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

5. How to Analyze an Argument's Effectiveness & Validity

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze an argument. We will pay close attention to the parts of an argument and the questions we must ask about each of those parts in order to determine the argument's effectiveness and validity.

How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

6. How to Analyze Two Texts with Opposing Arguments

In this lesson, we'll discuss how to analyze two texts that present opposing arguments. We'll examine arguments based on varying evidence and on varying assumptions.

How to Write a Great Argument

7. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

8. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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