Line of Reasoning Argument Writing APLang and Pre AP

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
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33 color / 33 black & white
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Designed for the AP Language and Composition exam, use these argument writing strategies to teach your student writers how experienced writers think and plan before they begin to write. If you've ever wondered how to move your students past the formulaic, five-paragraph essay, these strategies and collaborative activities will teach your students how to plan a more advanced essay. Instruct students how to create a cohesive line of reasoning, so they will always be ready to develop a solid argument no matter the prompt.

Use the suggested pacing guide to use all the included materials over the course of one week. Graphic organizers (for student and teacher), teacher tips, and the template for planning an argument essay will assist in your direct instruction of the pre-writing strategies. One independent activity and three collaborative activities move the planning process from isolation to conversation. Each activity includes a warmup, cards, detailed student instructions, specific teacher notes, student reflection questions, and teacher reflective wrap-up for the end of class. Use any of the 36 quickfire prompts for any activity, and use the prompt template to make your own if you like!

This resource includes

  • 6-Day Suggested Pacing Guide
  • Teacher's Tips for Direct Instruction of Thinking Strategies and Ways to Explain Line of Reasoning
  • Graphic Organizers (for students and teacher)
  • Template for Planning an Argument Essay (with teacher tips)
  • Four Activities (each includes warmup, cards, detailed student instructions, detailed teacher notes, student reflection questions, and teacher reflective wrap-up for the end of class)
  • 36 Quickfire Prompts and Template to Create Your Own Prompts

These 33 full-color (and 30 black-and-white) pages are jam-packed with strategies and activities that are easy to teach and valuable for students as they learn to move past the five-paragraph essay.

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33 color / 33 black & white
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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