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Creating a Culture of Argument

This collection offers middle and high school teachers multiple ways into the idea of "creating a culture of argument" in their classrooms. In other words, it offers advice and support for why it is important to give students many opportunities to practice argument writing, and lots of practical and material support for how to do that.
  • 5 Collection Items
  • 5 Collection Items
  • Discussion
Creating a Culture of Argument
  • National Writing Project says:
    This radio show combines the theoretical background of experts on the teaching of writing -- MaryAnn Smith and Sandra Murphy, with the "what does this look like" expertise of a mid career teacher, Brendon Nelson. Their conversation is a great way to help you connect theoretical ideas to practical solutions. You'll walk away with great metaphors to help you think about the "big moves" in teaching writing, as well as a practical vision of what those ideas might look like enacted in a classroom.
  • National Writing Project says:
    In this NWP Radio show, middle and high school teachers will be interested to listen to other teachers talk about their own classrooms and how they are creating a "culture of argument" within them. This is like having your own personal PLC on a podcast. If you like to talk to your peers about how to do things in your classroom, this might be a great starting place for you.
  • National Writing Project says:
    In this sample chapter from "Transforming Talk into Text: Argument Writing, Inquiry and Discussion," the author describes one 9th-grade English teacher's practices as a designer and initiator of inquiry, and as facilitator and manager of discussions. It describes many practices for planning for discussions, linking them together, facilitating large-group discussions and managing small-group work, and building one discussion upon another in an inquiry progression.
  • National Writing Project says:
    In this 15 minutes screencast teacher Beth Rimer shares her whys and hows of creating a culture of argument. For teachers who just want to see how its done, Beth's discussion offers the nitty gritty, day to day details of her thinking, planning and doing with students.
  • Core Readings

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    National Writing Project says:
    This list of core readings is a great place to get started thinking theoretically about how we set up our classrooms for the purpose of infusing argument into everything we do. If you like to start with the "why" these readings might be where you'd like to jump in.