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Get a jump-start on fall! A workshop offered by

the Oregon Writing Project at Southern Oregon University

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Teaching argument-writing in grades 6-12

When:      Tuesday, August 20, 2013

                8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where:    Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, OR

Who:      English Language Arts and Social Studies teachers, grades 6-12

Cost:      $35 includes lunch and materials

Credit:    Optional graduate credit available as ED500 ($70)

This one-day workshop will introduce teachers to the basic elements of argument, and a ‘structured process’ approach to teaching argument-writing to meet the Common Core State Standards in language arts and social studies, grades 6-12. Participants will experience a hands-on introduction to data analysis, including the processes of asking questions based on data, and questioning preconceptions, in order to derive evidence that eventually leads to a claim.  In the afternoon, social studies teachers will have an opportunity to access and evaluate resources (data sets) for use in the document-based questions (DBQ) process. Language arts teachers will experience a demonstration lesson and draft a plan for implementing argument-teaching into the curriculum. All participants will receive a copy of the book Teaching Students to Write Argument (Smagorinsky, 2011).

Participants will be invited to enroll in an optional follow-up seminar. Eight meetings during the school year will provide opportunities to share lessons and activities, conduct demonstration/practice lessons, and debrief their experiences teaching argument-writing. Cost for the follow-up seminar: $100 (one additional graduate credit will also be available). Details will be provided on August 20.

Pre-registration is required, and payment must be received by August 1, 2013. To register, complete and mail the registration form, along with your check for $35. (To register and pay by credit card, contact Angela at