Area 3 Writing Project: College, Career, and Community Ready Writers: Argument Writing and Critical Reading with Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

This is an optional 1.5 CEU enrollment for an Area 3 Writing Project workshop. Learning to write arguments takes time and practice. Routine argument writing builds the foundation of argument through frequent/informal writing and reading practice, leading to more formal tasks. Mini-units, readings and lessons will be shared that can be used with students at all levels. In addition, resources and templates can be accessed for collaborative planning.

Topical Outline:

  • Reading and analyzing multiple perspectives on important issues
  • Creating text sets with high-interest topics and sources
  • Developing strong claims
  • Effectively using nonfiction texts as evidence
  • Scaffolding lessons to meet all students' needs
  • Creating models that teachers can adapt and integrate into any curriculum
  • Designing and sharing mini-units
  • Assessing student writing formatively throughout the year

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