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SI: Teaching Writing in the Secondary School: Teaching and Assessing Argumentative Writing is a Course

SI: Teaching Writing in the Secondary School: Teaching and Assessing Argumentative Writing

Starts Jun 7, 2021
9.0 credits

$135 Enroll

Full course description

This is a for-cost course. To accept responsibility for payment and pay via credit card, use the Promotional Code: SendMeInvoice when signing up for this course. Once you are enrolled you will receive an invoice for the cost of this course. If payment is not received prior to June 1, 2021, you will be dropped from the course.

Course Introduction

In this workshop we will learn about the teaching and learning of argumentative writing to support the development of an instructional unit on argumentative writing for your students on topics related to social issues and ideas. As we consider the teaching and learning of argumentative writing, we will explore the personal, social, intellectual and academic purposes that people hold for writing in their lives and the ways that writing might affect broader social issues. As we consider a wide range of strategies for promoting critical thinking in the classroom through and with argument, we will assume that the most intensive and demanding tool for eliciting sustained critical thought is a well-designed writing assignment on a problem of significance to both teacher and students. There’s a lot to talk about, and though I’ll keep the reading relevant and reasonable in its demands, it will take some time before and during the week of June 21-23. Try to do at least some of the reading before the course begins on June 21. I hope you will be a critic as much as a consumer of the reading we do, weaving your own hard-won professional knowledge into the discussions we build together.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Critically consider and review teaching methods, including assessment issues, that have been used in the teaching of argumentative writing by looking at links between theoretical frameworks and practical approaches.
  • Develop a larger range of writing, reasoning and reading practices as both writers and teachers of writing.
  • Enhance our pedagogical content knowledge for teaching argumentative writing by sharing teaching practices for argumentative writing within a community of practitioners.


Course Dates

June 7 - June 28

Required Live Sessions:

For your schedule, please note we will meet synchronously in our online course from 10:00am - 12:00pm on the following days:

June 21, June 22, and June 23 with a final assignment due June 28.

*Please log in to the course prior to our synchronous start time to review any course related information.

Course Instructor(s)

Dr. George Newell

Summer Institute Course Theme




information iconCredits: Participants will receive documentation for the successful completion of this course. No university credit will be earned. Contact hours, listed as credits on this enrollment page, are defined as time spent under scheduled instruction, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. 1 Credit = 10 Contact Hours. For additional details on how contact hours were determined for this offering, please review our Contact Hours Guide.


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