Lesson 1: So You Think You Can Argue


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.

Learning Objectives

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.