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Online Courses from NWP

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The National Writing Project's Teaching Argument Writing online courses for educators are based on NWP’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP), a research-based program that has been proven to have a statistically significant impact on students’ argument writing in several randomized-control trials.

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Please contact us at onlinecourses@nwp.org.

“I found all of the materials to be relevant to my teaching. The tutorials were especially useful! Most of all, though, was walking through the activities and completing them as a student!”

Victoria

Routine Argument Writing Participant

English & Psychology Teacher

Online Course

NWP’s Approach to Teaching Argument Writing

Overview

  • Explore core readings around the value of NWP’s approach to teaching argument writing
  • Access a range of research-backed resources that can be immediately implemented into teaching practices
  • Create goals around implementing resources into school and district settings.


TIME COMMITMENT

  • About 3 hours of self-paced time
  • Digital credential is automatically awarded upon completion


Cost: FREE

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Online Course

Teaching Routine Argument Writing

Overview

  • Experience a variety of engaging routine argument writing activities that can be used as-is or adapted for any teaching context in grades 4-12
  • Receive support for creating new routine argument writing activities specifically for your students and teaching context
  • Connect to a community of teachers who are interested in implementing routine argument writing in their classrooms


TIME COMMITMENT

  • July 11-24, 2022
  • 12 learning hours (6 hours per week) with mentoring along the way


Cost: $225

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Online Course

Teaching Argument Writing Rhetorically

Overview

  • Learn about how a rhetorical approach to teaching argument writing empowers students to make their own choices as thinkers and communicators
  • Access resources and receive support for teaching evidence-based reasoning, synthesis, and claim development
  • Participate in four real-time events hosted by Jennifer Fletcher, teacher and author of Writing Rhetorically: Fostering Responsive Thinkers and Communicators


TIME COMMITMENT

There are two sessions required for this course running from:

  • July 25-August 5, 2022
  • September 19-30, 2022


Each session will include two 1-hour synchronous events with Jennifer Fletcher. They will run on:

  • July 25, August 3, September 21, and September 28
  • 20 learning hours total (4 hours synchronous and 15 hours self-paced)


Cost: $350
Enrollment fee includes a print copy of Writing Rhetorically: Fostering Responsive Thinkers and Communicators

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Online Course

Creating an Argument Text Set

Overview

  • Learn a process and principles for creating an effective argument text set focused on high-interest topics
  • Create your own text set and access the text sets created by all other participants
  • Receive feedback on your final text set from a National Writing Project course facilitator


TIME COMMITMENT

  • July 29-August 8, 2022
  • 9 self-paced learning hours


Cost: $99

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Online Course

Fall 2022–Routine Argument

Overview

Join us for a repeat offering of this course (formerly known as Teaching Routine Argument Writing) where we will explore fun and powerful approaches for engaging your students with routine argument writing.

WHAT YOU WILL GET

  • Support for creating new routine argument writing activities specifically for your students and teaching context
  • A variety of engaging routine argument writing activities that can be used as-is or adapted for any teaching context in grades 3-12
  • A community of teachers who are interested in implementing routine argument writing in their classrooms
  • A digital credential to signify the completion of this course (12 learning hours)


TIME COMMITMENT

  • Four weeks from September 12-October 9, 2022
  • About three hours/week of self-paced coursework
  • Additional time with your Coach/Thinking Partner as needed


Cost: $225

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Online Course

Fall 20220–Writing for Change


The central goal of NWP’s approach to teaching argument writing is fostering respectful discourse for change in the 21st century. This four-week course, Writing for Change, is designed for teachers of grades 3-12. Participants will work in a community to explore strategies for supporting students in writing to a public audience about self-selected topics that matter most to them.

The course will involve exploration of student samples, research, and instructional strategies that focus on writing for change. The course will also involve ways to publish and present argument writing to different audiences to enact change.

WHAT YOU WILL GET

  • Student samples of writing for change to use as models in your own writing for change
  • Instructional practices to engage learners in a process for writing for change.
  • A community of teachers who are interested in learning about writing for change
  • A digital credential indicating that you have completed the requirements for this National Writing Project course (15 hours total)


TIME COMMITMENT

  • Four weeks from September 7-October 4, 2022
  • About three hours/week of self-paced coursework
  • Real-time virtual workshop Saturday, Sept 10 from 8-11am PT | 11am-2pm ET
  • Additional time with your Coach/Thinking Partner as needed


Cost: $225

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Online Course

Crafting Claims

How do we design instruction that enables students to write more effective argument claims? In this course, participants will engage in three claim writing experiences that they can use in their own classrooms to help students move from basic claims to more nuanced, multi-sentence claims. A central goal of NWP’s approach to argument writing is supporting students in writing recursive claims that emerge and evolve through the reading and writing process. Over time, students learn to write more nuanced claims that convey an understanding of the complexities of topics and issues in their daily lives and in the broader world. NOTE: This is a repeat offering of this course (formerly known as Crafting Argument Claims)

WHAT YOU WILL GET

  • Three short lessons on writing claims that you can adapt for use with students
  • Sample text sets your students can use to generate claims
  • Samples of student work in elementary and secondary settings
  • A community of teachers who are interested in learning about teaching students to write more nuanced claims
  • A digital credential to signify the completion of this National Writing Project course (6 learning hours)


TIME COMMITMENT

  • Two weeks from October 7-16, 2022
  • Three hours/week of self-paced coursework


Cost: $99

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Online Course

Fall 2022–Ways to Use Sources

Join us for a more interactive course experience as we explore ways to use sources in argument writing. This course will launch with a three-hour virtual workshop facilitated by an NWP teacher-leader, followed by 10 days of self-paced learning with mentoring along the way. NOTE: This is a repeat offering of this course (formerly known as How to do Things with Texts)

Joseph Harris’s idea that argument writing is a kind of conversation made in relation to others. In his book, Rewriting: How to Do Things With Texts, Harris expands on this idea of how and why to cite other people’s texts and names the “moves” that writers make when they use sources. His overall argument is that citation is an action—the writer’s action.

WHAT YOU WILL GET

  • A community of teachers who are interested in learning more about how to do things with texts
  • Access to student samples using the “moves” from Joseph Harris
  • Support for trying on the Harris Moves and creating a lesson sequence for your context
  • A digital credential to signify the completion of this National Writing Project course (6 learning hours)


TIME COMMITMENT

  • Ten days from October 15-24, 2022
  • Three hours self-paced any time format
  • Real time virtual workshop on Saturday, October 15th from 8-11am PT | 12-3pm ET


Cost: $150

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