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Argument Checklist

Grade 9/10
Claim Statement I introduced my position on a topic in a precise and
insightful claim of 1-2 sentences.
Analysis I demonstrated an in-depth and insightful analysis of
texts/sources, as necessary to support the claim
from alternate or opposing claims.

Development of Evidence:

Elaboration I supported each of my claims, stating the reasons

clearly and supporting these reasons with a wide
range of cited evidence and convincing analysis.

I evaluated my sources’ reasoning, authenticity, and

I explained when a source seemed problematic.
I related evidence back to my claim, situated it
contextually, and explained its relevance and
significance. The content is persuasive and specifically
relevant for my audience.
I acknowledged complexity, describing various sides,
stances, and perspectives, and elaborating on the
strengths, assumptions, and limitations in all
positions, including my own. I contextualized my
claim within these various perspectives.

Organization and Style:

Organization I have a purpose for how I chose to organize each part

of my piece, what I chose to include, exclude (including
citations and acknowledgement of other views), and
where I chose to include each detail in my piece.
I used an organizational structure that shows an
awareness of genre and craft.
Introduction I made deliberate decisions about how to provide
information in my introduction that orients and
engages the reader and gets him/her to follow my line
of thinking.

I provided context for the argument to help my reader

understand its significance and relevance.
Conclusion In my conclusion, I acknowledged the complexity of
the argument and argued for the significance, impact,
or potential of my claim.
Transitions My transitions connected examples to reasons and
evidence and help the reader follow my lines of

I also used transitions that make clear the relationship

of these sources to each other and to my own claim.

I used phrases such as for example, furthermore,

although, Importantly, finally, etc.
Style My tone is appropriate for my purpose and audience. I
considered how my tone might affect my reader.
I used words precisely and/or figuratively to strengthen
a particular tone or meaning.
I considered how diction (word choice) and the
content of my piece will have an effect on my reader.

Language Conventions:

Spelling/ I used accurate spelling throughout, including cited

Grammar text and citations. I demonstrated control of
conventions of standard English grammar.

Punctuation I varied punctuation and sentence structure to

emphasize connections, strengthen tone, and clarify
relationships and meaning.