Online Courses from NWP
Professional Development Anytime, Anywhere
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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“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!”
Analyzing Student Writing to Inform Instruction
The National Writing Project offers teachers a model for analyzing student work with the purpose of recognizing what students are doing as writers to guide instruction that better meets and develops the writer. During this course, participants will analyze student writing with a focused look for the skills present in the writing, rather than all possible revisions and edits. Participants will work in a community to collectively support one another with the goal of helping writers improve their writing and internalize new writing practices and strategies.
What you will get
- A dedicated Coach/Thinking Partner from the National Writing Project who will support you as you analyze student writing and develop instructional next steps.
- A teacher formative assessment tool to analyze students' writing or use in professional development settings.
- A student self-analysis and peer response tool to use with students or use in professional development settings.
- A digital badge indicating that you have participated in this 12 hour National Writing Project course
- December 1-December 14, 2021
- About 6 hours per week of self-paced coursework
Teaching Argument with Mentor Texts
Join us for an interactive course experience as we explore teaching argument writing with mentor texts. This course will launch with a three-hour virtual workshop facilitated by an NWP teacher-leader, followed by a week of self-paced learning with mentoring along the way.
- Learn how using mentor texts can support student writing
- Analyze a variety of published arguments for ideas and craft
- Discover new sources for mentor texts and curate samples for your own lesson sequence
- January 22, 2022: Real-time virtual workshop (3 hours)
- January 23-29, 2022: Self-paced anytime format with mentoring (3 hours)
Teaching Routine Argument Writing
- 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
- February 16-March 16, 2022: 12 learning hours (3 hours per week) with mentoring along the way
Creating an Argument Text Set
- 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
- March 4-14, 2022: 9 self-paced learning hours
Crafting Argument Claims
- Explore the important role of nuanced claims in writing an reasoned argument
- Experience three short lesson sequences designed to support students in writing recursive claims that evolve throughout the reading and writing process
- Access sample text sets your students can use to practice generating nuanced claims
- March 11-21, 2022: 6 self-paced learning hours