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Writing an argumentative essay in response to "Elizabeth Van Lew-An Unlikely Union Spy"

This lesson set guides students through the process of writing an argumentative essay in response to the Smithsonian.com informational text "Elizabeth Van Lew: An Unlikely Union Spy."

Lessons

  • Generate claims

    In this lesson you will learn how to generate possible claims by analyzing the text and your notes for evidence.

  • Generate counterclaims

    In this lesson you will learn how to generate a counterclaim by analyzing the text and your reading notes for evidence.

  • Develop a claim

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop a claim by outlining logical reasons and relevant evidence.

  • Write an introduction

    In this lesson you will learn how to write an introduction by writing a definition hook and linking it to your claim, opposing claim and reasons.

  • Support a claim by grouping related ideas

    In this lesson you will learn how to support a claim with evidence by grouping related ideas together and analyzing how they supports your argument.

  • Conclude an essay

    In this lesson you will learn how to conclude your essay by summarizing the reasons and most important evidence.

  • Add transition words to link reasons and evidence

    In this lesson you will learn how to link the reason and evidence by rereading and adding transition words.

  • Revise for stronger word choice using synonyms

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise for stronger word choice by relating a word to its synonym.

  • Revise for sentence fluency

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise for stronger sentence fluency by constructing sentences that create a flow.

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