Trace and Evaluate Arguments


Are you looking for a lesson plan that will help your students understand literary nonfiction? Look no further than our Trace and Evaluate Arguments lesson plan! This lesson plan is designed to help students interpret information in a text, evaluate the credibility of the information, and differentiate between an author’s claim and supporting reasons or facts. By the end of the lesson, your students will have a clear understanding of literary nonfiction and be able to analyze any text they come across!

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The lesson introduces the concept of analyzing, evaluating, and distinguishing claims made by writers from reasons and evidence. Students are bombarded with several sources of information that shapes their opinions. The objective of this lesson is to provide students with a model and structure in which to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information made by writers in presenting text in different forms. Students will learn to assess the claims made by others and to accept or reject the claims based on the evidence presented.

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6th Grade


Language Arts

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Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.