9th-10th Grade Argument Prompts
You have read [multiple sources] about [topic].
Write an essay evaluating the claims made by each author and whether the claims are reasonable and supported with valid evidence. Explain which author presents the most convincing argument about the specific topic. Use evidence from the texts in your essay.
You have read [two or more pieces] about [topic].
Analyze instances in which the texts emphasize different information about [the topic]. Write an essay in which you evaluate the arguments and claims in these texts, assess whether the reasoning each author uses is sound, and explain which author you think presents the most persuasive evidence to support the arguments or claims. Use evidence from the articles to support your analysis.
You have read primary and secondary source texts on [a topic on history/social studies].
Write an essay in which you integrate the information from these texts into a coherent understanding of [the topic], noting any discrepancies among sources, and evaluate each author’s claims and the strength of the evidence each author provides to support the claims. Your essay should include your opinion as to which author presents the strongest argument on [the topic]. Be sure that your essay includes evidence from the texts that support your position.