Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about persuasive text and provide evidence from text to support their analysis.
analyze the structure of the central argument in contemporary policy speeches (e.g., argument by cause and effect, analogy, authority) and identify the different types of evidence used to support the argument;
identify such rhetorical fallacies as ad hominem, exaggeration, stereotyping, or categorical claims in persuasive texts.
7th Grade Reading - Persuasive Arguments and Claims Lesson
Authors write persuasive arguments to persuade readers to believe, think, feel, or do something. In a persuasive text, the claim is what the author wants to persuade, or convince, readers to believe, think, feel, or do.
Persuasive arguments and claims can be found everywhere, from TV commercials to the newspaper. When you read, ask yourself these questions:
Is the author trying to make me believe, think, feel, or do something?