"Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing"

"Strategies to Teach Argumentative Writing"

About this online workshop

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.

Topics
  • 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!

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

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, language arts 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, you 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 available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

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.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (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.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Yearlong Vision
  • Overview of Sections
  • Teach three major modes of writing
  • Compare persuasion to argument
  • Scaffold argumentative genres
  • Genres & formats
  • Teaching the argumentative writing standard
  • Introducing the academic standards
  • Diving into academic standards
  • Unit Considerations
  • Focus on the "trump" traits
  • Utilizing writing genre posters
  • Unit Foundations
  • Identify topic & Study an issue
  • Writing-about-reading topics
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Consider multiple perspectives/opinions
  • Identify author perspectives in informational text
  • Secret Site Resources
  • Identifying sides
  • Take a position
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Introduce the opinion or claim
  • Write a topic/thesis statement
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Provide supporting reasons
  • Support your side
  • List the What and the Why using high-interest text
  • Follow the What & Why structure
  • Provide solid support
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Distinguish between claim, reasons, and evidence
  • Support your side with sufficient proof
  • Use the "Character" Report Card
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Message Polishing
  • Order reasons for maximum effect
  • Acknowledge the opposition
  • Provide counterclaim and reasons
  • Transition between key points
  • End memorably and expressively
  • Conclusion - Wrap-up
  • Wrap-up

About this online workshop

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.

Topics
  • 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!

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

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, language arts 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, you 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 available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units. To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

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.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (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.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Yearlong Vision
  • Overview of Sections
  • Teach three major modes of writing
  • Compare persuasion to argument
  • Scaffold argumentative genres
  • Genres & formats
  • Teaching the argumentative writing standard
  • Introducing the academic standards
  • Diving into academic standards
  • Unit Considerations
  • Focus on the "trump" traits
  • Utilizing writing genre posters
  • Unit Foundations
  • Identify topic & Study an issue
  • Writing-about-reading topics
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Consider multiple perspectives/opinions
  • Identify author perspectives in informational text
  • Secret Site Resources
  • Identifying sides
  • Take a position
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Introduce the opinion or claim
  • Write a topic/thesis statement
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Provide supporting reasons
  • Support your side
  • List the What and the Why using high-interest text
  • Follow the What & Why structure
  • Provide solid support
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Distinguish between claim, reasons, and evidence
  • Support your side with sufficient proof
  • Use the "Character" Report Card
  • Add strategies to yearlong vision
  • Message Polishing
  • Order reasons for maximum effect
  • Acknowledge the opposition
  • Provide counterclaim and reasons
  • Transition between key points
  • End memorably and expressively
  • Conclusion - Wrap-up
  • Wrap-up