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Writing an Argumentative Research Essay, Step by Step Approach

Martha Jackson, English Language Arts and Writing
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In this English Language Arts writing course, middle school students learn to write an argumentative research essay with easy to follow steps. Students complete an argumentative essay on a topic of their own choosing with teacher feedback.

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Intermediate - Advanced Level
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Selecting a topic; Research (how to select credible sources, annotating, close reading, etc); homework: topic selection and finding sources; logical fallacies (spotting and avoiding them in research and writing) included in homework
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Planning / Prewriting: Bubble Maps, Thesis Statements and Outlines; submit outline for feedback
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Rough Draft
Using Text Evidence in Paragraphs (explaining and analyzing research in paragraphs), Active Verbs vs Passive Verbs, Transition Sentences, In-text citations (parenthetical references)
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Rough Draft
Strengthening Your Argument: Word Choice, Avoiding Second Person, Dealing with the Counterargument
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Rough Draft
Writing Introductions, Conclusions, and Works Cited, submit rough draft for feedback
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Final Draft
Revising and Editing Strategies; submit final draft for feedback
  • Over this course students will learn how to write an argumentative research paper, from selecting a topic to correctly formatting a works cited page. Students will learn how to spot logical fallacies and bias, and will apply this knowledge to their writing. A complete paper will be written during the course, and students will learn skills that can be applied to any future essay writing.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, and held a Professional Teaching Certificate in Florida to teach English in grades 6-12.  I have experience teaching writing in public middle and high schools. For the past several years I have taught small group homeschool classes on essay writing, including how to write argumentative essays.  
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
During class, students will be informally assessed through class discussion and activity to ensure student understanding and so I, as the teacher, can adapt the class to student's needs. Student homework will be done on a shared google document where I will provide weekly feedback before students move on to the next task. Learners and parents have the option of receiving a letter grade at the end of the class on their final paper. A grading rubric will be provided at the beginning of class for these students.
Grades Offered
This class is designed to support a variety of learning needs with scaffolded and adaptable assignments. Dyslexic, ADHD, and Autistic learners have had great success in this class. Please reach out if you have specific questions. 
Students will be most successful if they are able to write a basic essay (of any kind) on their own. If you have questions about whether or not this class would be a good fit for your learner, please reach out. 
-- a non-black ink pen (blue, red, green)
-- pencil and paper
-- a folder to keep track of handouts and work
-- handouts will be provided before each class and will need to be printed before class begins. 

-- learners will need internet / library access to complete research outside of class on a topic of their choosing
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
None. However, because students are able to select their own topic for their research essay, parents / guardians should ensure that it fits within what they feel is appropriate for their learner.  
Joined February, 2021
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in English
Hi!  My name is Martha Jackson. I mainly teach writing and literature, and I absolutely love it.

My classes focus on breaking down complex ideas into bite-size pieces, giving students concrete tools to grow in specific areas (conducting research,... 
Group Class


weekly or $110 for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Completed by 71 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-15
4-8 learners per class

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