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.