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9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing - Chapter Summary
As students improve their reading and writing skills, they will begin to realize that every piece of writing is created for a different purpose. In these lessons, students can review details about argumentative writing, including key characteristics of this type of writing and how to reproduce it. This chapter has been separated into several short lessons, and each lesson focuses on one key aspect of the topic. Not only do shorter, highly-focused lessons help students stay engaged, but they also make the chapter easier to navigate, allowing them to find the exact information they need to review. After completing these lessons, students should be prepared to:
- Explain the difference between a topic and an argument
- Point out steps for writing a great argument
- Review techniques for structuring arguments and essays
- Differentiate between the various parts of an argument
- Establish methods for developing concluding statements
- Evaluate the validity and effectiveness of arguments
- Inspect writing for stereotypes, assumptions, and biases
- Apply rhetorical devices and determine their effectiveness
1. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage
Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Concluding Statements: Supporting Your Argument
Many writers spend so much time on the body of their essay that the conclusion seems overwhelming. In this lesson, we'll break down the last paragraph of a persuasive essay and look at what needs to be included.
6. 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.
7. Recognizing Biases, Assumptions & Stereotypes in Written Works
In this lesson, we will define and learn how to recognize biases, assumptions and stereotypes in written works. We will also practice identifying these elements with a few writing samples.
8. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing
In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.
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- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
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- Novel Exemplars: Night & Animal Farm
- Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet
- Poetry: Hope is the Thing with Feathers, The Raven & In Just
- Nonfiction Texts: Gettysburg Address & Washington's Farewell
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- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills