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Writing an argumentative essay in response to the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds"

In this sequence of process-based writing lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an argumentative essay comparing evidence supporting Eric Blake's guilt and innocence. The lessons lean heavily on insights from a close reading of "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds," an article from http://www.smithsonian.com

Lessons

  • Introduce a claim

    In this lesson you will learn how to introduce a claim by using your knowledge of the text. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Establish the significance of a claim

    In this lesson you will learn how to establish the significance of a claim by evaluating its precision. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Develop a claim thoroughly

    In this lesson you will learn how to develop your claim thoroughly by supplying the most relevant evidence. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Develop a counterclaim fairly

    In this lesson, you will learn how to develop a counterclaim fairly by pointing out the strengths and limitations of its evidence. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Link claims and evidence clearly

    In this lesson you will learn how to write the body of your essay by clearly linking claims, reasons, and evidence together. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Conclude an essay by restating specific support

    In this lesson you will learn how to conclude your essay effectively by restating specific support for your argument. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

  • Revise a conclusion

    In this lesson you will learn how to revise your conclusion by evaluating the effectiveness of your writing. This lesson focuses on the article, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" from http://www.smithsonian.com

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