Grades 8 ELA, Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit: E Pluribus Unum

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These English Language Arts/Literacy Units empower students with critical reading and writing skills at the heart of the Common Core: analyzing and writing evidence-based arguments.

This unit develops students’ abilities to analyze arguments from a range of perspectives on immigration policy in the United States. Students also learn to develop, write and revise their own evidence-based arguments.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.

Argumentation Unit Plan G8
Argumentation Text Sets G8
Delineating Arguments Tool – 3C
Delineating Arguments Tool – 4C
Forming EBC Tool
Model Argument – Baseball Sharks
Model Argument – Course Scheduling
Model Argument – Facebook
Model Argument – School Conflict
Model Argument – Twitter
Connecting Ideas Handout
EBA Terms
Evidence-Based Writing Rubric
Guiding Questions Handout
EBA Criteria Checklist
TCD Checklist

Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Building Evidence-Based Arguments Unit – Zip File of All Documents

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (...

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