Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing
It’s not by accident that the first genre listed in the writing standards is persuasion/argument. More than just restating information, students must know how to articulate their feelings, opinions, and viewpoints based on logical reasons and relevant evidence. However, for many teachers, this standard is an area of anxiety and weakness. After attending this one-day workshop, K-12 teachers will walk away with dozens of lesson ideas that target argumentative writing and can easily be incorporated into a yearlong writing curriculum.
• Dissect the argumentative writing standard for what it looks like in primary, intermediate, and secondary classrooms.
• Receive dozens of mini-lesson ideas that target the essential skills in strong opinion, persuasive, and argumentative writing.
• Learn which conventions are most relevant in opinion-based writing units.
• Incorporate media-based texts, including commercials, infomercials, documentaries, online resources, wordless picture books, video clips, and more.
When you leave, you'll be able to...
- Recognize the subtle but significant differences between persuasive and argumentative writing.
- Weave frequent argumentative writing experiences into subject-area learning and literary reading.
- Support students in identifying things they want to change, suggestions they want to make, and problems they want to solve.
- Execute a customized calendar of lessons to teach opinion, persuasive, and/or argumentative writing.
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
K-12 High-Ability Teachers
Title I, Remediation, Special Education & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary & Secondary Principals
Free follow-up training videos:
- Teachers who attend this Argumentative Writing workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristina's matching videos on webPD, Writing:
- During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.
What are teachers saying about the Argumentative Writing workshop?
“I feel more confident explaining the difference between persuasive & argumentative.” T. Johnson
“Thank you for opening my eyes to the genres of writing & modes in which to accomplish this goal. I will now be able to apply what I have learned to classroom instruction. Starting with expository essays/letters to persuade in first grade!” S. Watkins
Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, workshop attendees can earn three hours of graduate credit for just $300. These are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district or employers to determine their policies for pay increases.)
Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.
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