Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing

Online workshop overview:

It’s not by accident that the first type of writing listed in the standards is persuasive/argumentative. 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 completing this workshop, K-12 teachers will possess dozens of lesson ideas that they can easily incorporate into their yearlong writing curriculum.
   

HOW TO GET STARTED

 
Step 1

CHOOSE
a Viewing Option


Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

LEARN
Strategies that Work


Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

IMPACT
Every Student


Implement what you learned right away!
 

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Topics covered:

  • 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 complete the workshop, 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.
 
Top questions teachers ask about teaching writing units:
  • How many different types of writing should I plan to teach in a year?
  • There are so many writing skills I could teach; which ones are most important?
  • How do the 6 Traits fit into the different writing units?
  • Is argumentative writing really all that different from persuasive writing?
  • What is a "short research project" as stated in the writing standards?
  • How do you teach students to stop plagiarizing in expository writing and omit the words I and you in argumentative writing?
  • How can my writing instruction prepare students for the skills they need when writing about their reading on standardized assessments?
  • How can I incorporate informative and argumentative writing into my subject-area learning?
  • How do you wean students off dependence on the teacher to hand-hold them through the writing process/unit?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!
 

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

“I finally understand the difference between persuasion and argument. That was worth the cost of admission.”
Hillary Braden, teacher at New Haven Middle School, New Haven, IN

“I have a plan now to get my students on track for their writing. In the middle levels, I find that it can be difficult to find a way to scaffold without spoon feeding. Now, I feel equipped!”
Cara Duensing, teacher at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, Fort Wayne, IN

“This content will help me strengthen my students’ argumentative writing by using the steps that Kristina Smekens has provided. I learned so much more about ways to boost my students’ argumentative writing skills. This workshop is a must-go!”
Sara Martin, teacher at Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School, Frankfort, IN

“Having lessons and ideas that I can implement tomorrow is wonderful!”
Tara Smith, teacher at Clinton Prairie Jr/Sr High School, Frankfort, IN

“I will use this in my science curriculum to make learning more interesting while secretly teaching effective writing strategies!”
Laura Wolf, teacher at Southside Elementary, Columbus, IN

“Kristina helped me set up a logical flow of mini-units to boost my writing lessons. Excellent, brilliant, helpful!”
Shannon Edmondson, teacher at Prairie View Elementary School, Rolling Prairie, IN
 
 

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details. 
 
Can I get continuing education credits?

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level units for Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.


Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.
 
 

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Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $14 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
 
Target Audience
  • K-12 English / Language Arts Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches / Coordinators
  • Grades 6-12 Social Studies & Science Teachers
  • Title I Teachers / Directors
  • ELL Teachers
  • K-12 High-Ability Teachers
  • K-12 Principals & Assistant Principals

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