Online Workshop:
Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing

Online Workshop:
Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing

    Verified View Flexible View

Register Now

A completion certificate is available for download at the end of the workshop,
but you do not have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
No completion certificates are awarded at the end of the workshop, but you have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing $140

Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing 

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.

  • 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 informative 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?

Kristina Smekens provides the answers to these questions and many more!


What teachers say 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

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

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?

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.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Strategies to Teach Informative Writing is the corresponding workshop for Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

Want to get started with Online Workshops?
Complete the form below and we'll gladly reach out with more information.