TEACHING THE CORE has a great series of blog posts on many aspects of close reading, writing argument and debate.
I also like this video on writing analytical paragraphs. I’ve always believed less is more, so writing tight, to the point paragraphs is a skill worth doing. We don’t have to write full essays to teach important skills of writing.
Here are more youtube videos by this teacher Topics include: writing thesis statements,
analytical writing, dialectical journals and more.