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Common Core Standards – Teaching Persuasive Argument

Students who are able to understand information, take a position about that information, and form logical arguments about it will be ahead of the curve in high school, college, and career.

That’s why persuasive argument is one of the cornerstones of the English Language Arts Common Core Standards. 

What is Persuasive Argument?
If your child has ever come home from school tasked by his or her teacher to write a persuasive essay, then your child has been asked to form a persuasive argument. The goal of persuasive writing is to convince the reader that your position is better than the alternative or opposite position.

How Common Core Standards Incorporate Argument

According to Common Core Standards, “to build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions...”

Argument is an Anchor Standard for English Language Arts Grades K-12.

· Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
· Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
(Anchor Standards Grades K-12)

Argument is incorporated into English Language Arts Standard with increasingly complexity as students advance from one grade level to the next.

Beginning in the 6th grade, for example, students should be able to identify arguments written by others. The Common Core Standard for 6th graders is: “Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented.”

In junior high, students are expected to “write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence”. Students should be able to write arguments based on “substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence” in their 9th through 12th grade years.

Common Core Standards — including these standards on persuasion and argument — keeps Missouri’s students on track for college and career success.

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