Argumentative Text Introduction – The Elements of An Argument Mini-Lesson


Lay solid foundations for your argument unit with this simple yet effective argumentative text introduction. The editable PowerPoint presentation provides an easy-to-understand overview of the elements of an argument, while the doodle notes provide a fun and interactive way for students to take notes and process the material. Finally, the posters provide a great visual for students to refer to as they learn about the basics.

✎ With this mini-lesson, you can help your students develop a better understanding of the key concepts of an argument.


What elements are covered in this argumentative text introduction?

  • The Purpose of an Argument (The WHY)
  • Argument vs. Persuasion
  • Claims
  • Reasons
  • Evidence
  • Counterclaims & Rebuttals
  • Audience

With this ready-to-use mini-lesson, you can focus on delivering the content and engaging with your students instead of spending time and energy creating your own mini-lesson from scratch.

► Here’s what’s included:

  • Editable Slideshow (PowerPoint & Google Slides)
  • Interactive Notetaker & Completed Example
  • Argument Bulletin Board Posters

… All in Printable & Digital Formats!

You’ll love the visually appealing slide deck (that requires no prep), and your students will love being able to incorporate their creativity in the note-taking process. No cutting or gluing required!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kerisa T said, “The format of these slides is eye-catching yet simple.  My students grasp key points with this visual resource.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jennifer said, “Very helpful resource for introducing the aspects of argumentative writing.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amy said, “Good overview and review of the elements of argumentative writing. Visually appealing and student-friendly. Thanks!”


How long does this take? It often takes my 6th-graders one 45-minute class period to go over the content and take notes in a brain-friendly way. After that – you can incorporate some fun activities to give your students practice with the various elements!

Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

  • RI.5.1, RI.5.8
  • RI.6.1, RI.6.8
  • RI.7.1, RI.7.8


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