Expository and Argumentative Writing Assignment Sheets

I’ll keep this brief (maybe, you know me), but in the last week I create argumentative and expository assignment sheets for my 7th graders. I wanted to give them a variety of topics to choose from, but I didn’t want to give them freedom of any topic on the internet. I created assignment sheets for 14 different topics, all using 3-5 paired sources. I tried to do a variety of sources–video, websites, articles, podcasts, etc. All are current event topics–things that have been in the news in the last couple of months. Here’s an example:

Some are argumentative and some are expository.

Today I spent a couple of hours making modified assignment sheets of the same assignments for my struggling writers. The modified assignments are the same topics, but I helped them out by giving some tips for an outline and doing the works cited page for them. I also put what the parenthetical citations will be.


I added these to my Teachers Pay Teachers store here: 14 Paired Text Assignment Sheets if you’re interested.

Hope that helps someone! If you try them out, I’d love to hear how it went! I’m always looking for ways to improve/revise.

4 thoughts on “Expository and Argumentative Writing Assignment Sheets

  1. Oh, yes – I too teach writing and I like your suggested topic. In the past I had 8th grade students write about “should there be assigned homework on weekends” and was surprised to see how many said yes. Or maybe they were just telling me what they thought I wanted to hear 😉
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    • Sometimes they choose the side that is easier to prove even if they don’t believe it…you think that happened?

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