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Argument Writing

The foundation for argument writing begins with students using a combination of drawing, dictation, and writing to share their opinions.

These types of writing experiences should begin with the student writer clearly stating the topic choice and his/her opinion on the topic.

A young primary student can learn skills in argument writing by sharing his/her opinions on: 

  • A book read
  • An event that took place, like spring break
  • A pet
  • A rule in the classroom or home
  • A food served at lunch

Starting in first grade and in full use through second, students should offer reasons for their opinions. The linking word - because - will probably be common in primary student writing as they begin to explore developing reasons for their opinions. By late third grade, these reasons should be grouped in a logical order and supported by facts and details.  More advanced linking words to use in argument writing would be words like: also, consequently, and specifically. 

Parents wanting to lay a strong foundation in developing the critical thinking skills used in argument writing in later grades should consider the worktexts Building Thinking Skills Primary and Building Thinking Skills Level 1