Argument Frame


This organizer was useful for helping students develop complete components of arguments. It is useful for teachers to see what students think each component is. It was highly effective for helping students advance their work and facilitating effective feedback.

Microsoft Word version: AllGrades_GraphicOrganizer_ArgumentFrameTemplate

PDF version: AllGrades_GraphicOrganizer_ArgumentFrameTemplate

Gr 6_EE_ExpressionsSimplifying_ArgumentFrame_Critique

We used this task for sixth graders later in the year after working with argumentation for several months. As students became proficient with providing evidence and warrants for their own arguments, we transitioned to explaining others’ reasoning. This task required students to provide warrants to explain the evidence provided. Students needed to understand the distributive property, commutative property, and how to simplify equations. Some struggled with explaining why each step was “warranted.”

Microsoft Word version: 6_EE_ExpressionsSimplifying_ArgumentFrame_Critique

PDF version: 6_EE_ExpressionsSimplifying_ArgumentFrame_Critique

Gr 5_OA_Rounding_ArgumentFrame_Critque

This task is an argument frame for fifth graders on rounding decimals. Students are given a problem on the price of roast beef per pound and two sample answers on rounding either the price or number of pounds bought to estimate a final cost. Through the graphic organizer, students have a place to provide the details of their decision of which of the given students are closer to the actual price through the argument frame.

Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_Rounding_ArgumentFrame_Critque

PDF version: 5_OA_Rounding_ArgumentFrame_Critque

Gr 5_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Critique

This task is an argument frame for fifth graders on multiplication. Students are given a problem on collecting a number of acorns a day for a week and two solutions, one solving the problem by using groups and multiplying by seven and the other by adding the number of acorns collected a day seven times. Through the graphic organizer, students have a place to provide the details of their critique of the solutions, such as their claim, evidence, and warrants.

Microsoft Word version: 5_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Critique

PDF version: 5_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Critique

Gr 4_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Construct

Fourth graders are given this word problem to understand multiplication, though division can be used. This task is formatted as a graphic organizer, with a space for the problem, mathematical practice and vocabulary, claim, evidence, and warrants. Students are to use the graphic organizer to formulate their thoughts and construct an argument to complete the problem.

Microsoft Word version: 4_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Construct

PDF version: 4_OA_Multiplication_ArgumentFrame_Construct

Gr 3_MD_MeasurementArea_ArgumentFrame_Construct

This task is designed for third graders to construct an argument comparing the area of two rectangular rooms given side lengths. Students must understand the relationship between length and area. Students are given a graphic organizer that provides argumentation vocabulary including claim, evidence, and warrant.

Microsoft Word version: 3_MD_MeasurementArea_ArgumentFrame_Construct

PDF version: 3_MD_MeasurementArea_ArgumentFrame_Construct