To teach argument writing, you need a variety of mentor texts that demonstrate the art of persuasion, opinion AND argument. We’ve built a list of books for grades K-3 (and updated the list for 2017 with even more titles) that do just that. Of course, non-book texts like movie reviews, book reviews and student writing can be great mentor texts for argument writing too!

The Day the Crayons Quit (Grades P-2, Lexile AD730) Teacher Resources Button

When Duncan arrives at school one morning he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type (Grades P-3, Level M, Lexile AD160) Teacher Resources Button

When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn, they start writing up their demands and go on strike when Farmer Brown refuses to give them what they want.

Not Norman (Grades P-3, Level L, Lexile AD460) Teacher Resources Button

As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet because it can’t chase string, play catch or sleep on his bed, he learns to love Norman the goldfish himself.

Pick a Picture, Write an Opinion! (Grades P-2, Lexile AD680) Teacher Resources Button

Need to write an opinion piece but not sure where to start? Just pick a picture! This title introduces opinion writing to children using photographs as idea prompts.

Can We Save the Tiger? (Grades 1-5, Level S, Lexile 970)

This text highlights the ways human behavior can either threaten or conserve the amazing animals that share our planet.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: mentor texts for argument writing Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin Not Norman by Kelly Bennett Pick a Picture Write an Opinion by Kristen McCurry Can We Save the Tiger by Martin Jenkins: mentor texts for argument writing
Should We Have Pets by Slyvia Lollis Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Earrings by Judith Viorst My Brother Dans Delicious by Steven L. Layne I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Should We Have Pets?
(Grades K-2, Level N, Lexile NC780) Teacher Resources Button

A second-grade class presents arguments for and against pet ownership.

Duck! Rabbit! (Grades P-2, Level I)

Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

Earrings! (Grades 1-3, Lexile 470) Teacher Resources Button

A young girl uses various arguments to convince her parents to let her have her ears pierced.

My Brother Dan’s Delicious (Grades K-2, Lexile AD970)

When he finds that he is home alone for the first time, Joey, a bright eight-and-a-half-year-old boy, informs any monsters that might be lurking in the house that his older brother Dan is worth the wait.

I Wanna New Room (Grades P-2, Lexile AD540) Teacher Resources Button

Through a series of brief letters to his parents, Alex presents all the reasons why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother.

More Mentor Texts for Argument Writing…


What Do You Think, Katie? Writing an Opinion Piece with Katie WooMentor Texts for Argument Writing: KatieWoo (Grades K-2, Lexile 520L) 







Mentor Texts for Argument Writing: One Word from Sophia

One Word from Sophia (Grades K-2, Lexile AD770L)






bessieTalkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (Grades K-4, Lexile 1050L)







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