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English Language Arts (ELA) - Grade 9 - Week Five

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9 thGrade ELA

Week 5 May 4-May 8

Weekly Packet

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • identify a question to use as the basis of an argumentative essay.
  • develop a thesis statement.
  • introduce precise claims and use evidence to support them.
  • introduce a counterclaim and use evidence to support it.

Lesson 1: This quarter we have covered several topics. In a quick write, explain which topic interested you the most and why. What could be argued about that topic? Refer to Texts Used this Quarter 9G for topics. Using NoRedInk Guided Drafts: Watch Day 1 Tutorial on Argumentative Essay and complete Quick Write on Brainstorming a Thesis. Complete Day 2 Practice: Writing Claims as Topic Sentences, and Prewriting: Generating Claims from Evidence.

Lesson 2: Review the AZ Merit Argument Rubric in Handouts.
Using NoRedInk: Complete Day 3 Practice: Planning a Counterargument Paragraph, and Quick Write: My Counterargument. Complete Day 4 Quick Write: My Topic Sentences.
Lesson 3: Using NoRedInk: Complete Day 4, Prewriting: Outlining an Argumentative Essay. Watch video overview, and complete Argumentative Guided Draft: First Body Paragraph.


Using one of the topics covered during the quarter; develop a thesis statement for an argument essay, and an outline that supports the overall argument. Create a draft of the argument essay that includes a thesis statement, supported with a claim, and body paragraph(s). The paragraph(s) will contain evidence that is relevant and cited appropriately and documented on a works cited page. Make sure that writing uses appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Argumentative essay: a type of essay that presents arguments about both sides of an issue; often, one side is presented more forcefully than the other.
Claim: A debatable argument that generally states a fact which is not just a personal opinion. 
Textual evidence: This is evidence from a written work and can be direct citations or paraphrases.
Thesis statement: One sentence that expresses the main idea of an essay. It makes a claim, directly answering a question.

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