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     Name: ______________________________

                                                Date: _______________________________

                                                 Due: _______________________________


Argument Writing Process Checklist: (This or That)

Length: 5 paragraphs


This assignment will be scored on Sentence Fluency, Organization, Ideas, Word Choice, Voice, and Conventions.  Follow the steps to complete the writing process.                                

1. ____________Read all of the question/prompt.

2.____________Use QUESTIONING strategies to paraphrase what the prompt is asking. Write that in your own words below.

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3.____________Read the text. Use all reading skills and questioning strategies to understand it.

4.___________Take notes using Cornell / AVID strategies.  Be sure all information is relevant to the prompt.  Be sure to paraphrase it into your own words.

5._________While taking notes, be sure to write the paragraph in which you found your evidence.  Cite your source like (para.7).

6. ________Decide the claim of your choice.  Write it below.  ___________________________________________________________________

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7.Brainstorm using a circle map:

a.________Pull key words and ideas from your notes to plan your writing.

b.________Be sure to include Tier 2 words and powerful ideas - use THESAURUS.

c.________ Have reasons FOR/in favor of your argument.

d.________ Have reasons OPPOSED/against your argument.


8.Use the small TREE MAP to organize your thoughts.

a.________ Select (3) different tier 2 words (V) to guide your argument.

b.__________ Order them from most important to least important.

c.__________Find synonyms for each of the three words.

d.___________ Organize ideas under each tier 2 or tier 3 word - using just quick notes.

9. Write INTRODUCTION / FLEE MAP (three to five sentences).

a. _________ I hooked by audience’s attention.

b.__________ I wrote a topic sentence /claim (O)

c.__________I stated WHO and SHOULD do what action.

d.__________I included my 3 tier 2 or tier 3 words.

e.__________ I wrote my reasons using parallel structure (a long sentence with all three reasons).

f.__________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

g.___________ I have a closing sentence that makes the paragraph sound done.

h._________ I have “punch” that makes my writing powerful - figurative language or fact.


10.  ­­­Write PARAGRAPH 1 / FLEE MAP (eight to ten sentences).

a. _________ Use FIRST tier 2 or tier 3 word.

b.__________ I hooked by audience’s attention.

c.___________ I wrote a topic sentence using my first reason (O).

d.__________I used my first tier 2 or tier 3 to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

e.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

f.__________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

g.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

h.__________I used my second synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

i. __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

j. __________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

k.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

l. __________ I used my third synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

m.   __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

n.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

o.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

p.___________ I have a closing sentence that makes the paragraph sound done.

q.__________ I have “punch” that makes my writing powerful / figurative language or fact!

11.   Write PARAGRAPH 2 / FLEE MAP (eight to ten sentences).

a. _________ Use SECOND tier 2 or tier 3 word.

b.__________ I hooked by audience’s attention.

c.___________ I wrote a topic sentence using my first reason (O).

d.__________I used first tier 2 or tier 3 to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

e.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

f.__________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

g.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

h.__________I used second synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

i. __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

j. __________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

k.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

l. __________ I used third synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

m.   __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

n.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

o.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

p.___________ I have a closing sentence that makes the paragraph sound done.

q.__________ I have “punch” that makes my writing powerful - figurative language or fact!

12.  Write PARAGRAPH 3 / FLEE MAP (eight to ten sentences).

a. _________ Use THIRD tier 2 or tier 3 word.

b.__________ I hooked by audience’s attention.

c.___________ I wrote a topic sentence using my first reason (O).

d.__________I used first tier 2 or tier 3 to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

e.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

f.__________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

g.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

h.__________I used second synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

i. __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

j.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

k.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

l. __________ I used third synonym to tell WHAT happened - using reasons and evidence from the text FOR my argument.

m.   __________ I used a sentence transition / sentence transformer.

n.__________ I cited the source or paragraph where I found information (para. ___).

o.__________I explained why this is important /explained a benefit / added own thoughts.

p.__________ I have a closing sentence that makes the paragraph sound done.

q._________ I have “punch” that makes my writing powerful - figurative language or fact!

13.  Write CONCLUSION / FLEE MAP (three to five sentences).

a.___________ I started with: In conclusion / In summary / To conclude

b.___________I wrote a topic sentence - restates claim in different words.

c.___________MUST respond to the objections of others - other side.

d.____________Used: Although / Even though…..

e.___________ Paragraph has “PUNCH” / “CALL TO ACTION”

f._________ Answer the “who cares?” and “so what?”

g._________ What action do you want done?

h.__________ Be sure it connects to topic sentence.

14.  _____________Write ROUGH DRAFT

15.  REVISE:  Use highlighters to see what you have included and need to change.  

a.__________Followed the color chart below.

b.__________ MADE CHANGES – FIXED IT UP!!

c.__________ Added sentence transitions.

d.___________ Cited sources with paragraph numbers.

16.  EDIT for Conventions: CUPS

a. ___________ Corrected capitals

b.____________Corrected usage - all verbs and words make sense / sentences are not running on and on.

c.____________Corrected punctuation: periods, and commas.

d.____________Corrected spelling with a dictionary

17.   Type or write or final draft - 5 paragraphs.

a.     ____________ remember to indent.

b.    ___________ all paragraphs are perfect - ready to publish.

HIGHLIGHTING COLORS:

1.   Purple -  Tier 2 or Tier 3 Words

2.   Orange –  Sentence Transformers / Sentence Transitions

3.   Pink – Parallel Structure - a long sentence with three equal phrases.

4.   Yellow – Simile / Metaphor / Personification / Hyperbole / Onomatopoeia / Alliteration

5.   Green –  evidence with parenthesis / sources cited

6.   Blue -  Conventions – SPELLING, capitals, commas, periods, end punctuation