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Teaching and Learning Argumentative Writing in High School English Language Arts Classrooms

Date: July 14, 2016

Summary: Amidst policy calls for increasing a focus on argument in standards and assessment, it's easy to forget that teaching and learning argument is a complex, social, fascinating, and multifaceted proposition. In this episode of NWP Radio, the authors and educators behind the book Teaching and Learning Argumentative Writing in High School English Language Arts Classrooms discuss what they learned by diving into that complexity through long-term case studies of effective teaching of argument in diverse school settings.

 

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David Bloome —Professor of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University and co-director of the Columbus Area Writing Project:

Argumentation and argumentative writing is not a formula or a structure or a recipe to follow. Rather, it's a key point for us, that it's a way of thinking and exploring the world. It's not the taking of a position and defending it, but rather learning and exploring, a way of knowing, a way of staying open to, if you will, what kind of claim and what kind of warrants can this evidence make."

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