The Literacy Design Collaborative is amazing. You can see a collection of Common Core aligned writing prompts (called template tasks) and full modules to work on with students. You can view the resources at literacydesgincollaborative.org
Hope this helps,
Prepare students for persuasive writing by introducing them to the concept of making an argument. Students discover there’s a difference between “arguing” and making an argument in support of a position, and that making an argument is a learned skill that doesn’t depend on how you feel about an issue.
The student will use a guided notetaking worksheet to:
Define argument, counterargument, and supporting argument
Identify supportng arguments for a main argument
Distinguish between types of arguments
Discuss hypothetical situations where persuasive writing skills are useful
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Crafting Expository Argument. Practical Approaches to the Writing Process for Students & Teachers 5th Edition by Michael Degen @ drmichaeldegen.com
Sentence/Paragraph Composing for... series by Don and Jenny Killgallon
By far, the best...in my opinion!
The Lucy Calkins units of study have a couple of good resources on argument (opinion), especially the 4th and 5th grade ones. They are completely aligned with the common core as you would expect from Lucy.
I highly recommend "They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing" by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. This handbook really takes the mystery out of argumentative writing, and provides plenty of examples and easy-to-implement strategies for the classroom (middle school and up).
Also check out how using picture books can help students better understand the process of argumentative writing: http://teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com/2013/02/fightin-words-using-picture-books-to.html.
@ Nikki-I have the sentence composing book, but thank you for reminding me about it. I need to check out the expository book. Thank you!
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