Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12: Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning

Teaching Argument Writing Grades Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning In this book George Hillocks teaches us not only what an argument is but how to teach it and why we should Essential reading for those preparing ALL students to think critically write well and suc

  • Title: Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12: Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning
  • Author: George Hillocks Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780325013961
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this book, George Hillocks teaches us not only what an argument is, but how to teach it and why we should Essential reading for those preparing ALL students to think critically, write well, and succeed academically in both high school and college Jim Burke, Author of The English Teacher s Companion and What s the Big Idea Argument writing can be difficult to teach, b In this book, George Hillocks teaches us not only what an argument is, but how to teach it and why we should Essential reading for those preparing ALL students to think critically, write well, and succeed academically in both high school and college Jim Burke, Author of The English Teacher s Companion and What s the Big Idea Argument writing can be difficult to teach, but it may be the most important set of skills we teach in English According to the National Common Core Standards, by the end of high school, students should be able to write arguments to support claims with clear reason and relevant evidence and they should be able to do so well.Designed for middle and high school students, the activities in this book will enable students to write strong arguments and evaluate the arguments of others When they are through, students will be able, as the Common Core Standards ask, to Delineate and evaluate an argument and specific claimscluding the validity of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence Developed by George Hillocks, Jr and others in diverse inner city classrooms in Chicago, students are easily engaged in the lively problem solving approach detailed in this book.Teaching Argument Writing begins with how to teach simple arguments and moves onto those that are complex, showing step by step how to teach students to write and evaluate arguments of fact arguments of judgment arguments of policy Student handouts, activities, and models of classroom discussions are provided to help you bring these methods to your classroom Among other things, Hillocks guides you through teaching your students how judgments are made in the real world how to make literary judgments based on criteria how to develop and support criteria for arguments.

    Teaching Argument Writing, Grades When it comes to argumentative writing, Hillocks is an expert and the material offered here shows why As education puts of an emphasis on argumentative writing, students are in need of ways of seeing how such writing is put together and effectively used. Teaching the Argument in Writing Richard Fulkerson This book aims to teach English instructors who have little or no exposure to the fine art of argumentation so that they in turn can teach it to their students. Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs Educational Leadership Here s how teachers can prepare English language learners at three levels of proficiency for critiquing and writing arguments How in the world are we supposed to apply the Common Core writing standards to teaching English language learners We ve been asking that question of ourselves and others Ideas for Teaching Writing National Writing Project Ideas for Teaching Writing Summary Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice based help which is one reason why Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Commons DePaul University, Chicago Welcome to DePaul s collaborative teaching and learning resource site On this site you will find a range of practical and pedagogical resources, from learning how to access your course roster to discovering professional development programs available to faculty and staff at DePaul. EJ in Focus NCTE English Journal . ecently, a prominent group of English educators claimed that the ultimate rationale for the teaching of language arts is creating a just Argument helping students understand what essay writing Currently, the teaching of writing tends to focus on linguistic or surface features Lea Street, without making explicit that developing an argument is the overarching requirement.Instead, academic writing instruction should start from this requirement and treat related aspects as subordinated. Argumentative Essay Writing, Argument Writing How to Guide Help your high school and advanced middle school students win their written arguments with these easy to follow essay writing materials This bundle of interactive, step by step materials will inspire even reluctant students to put pen to paper. NCTE Authors Weigh In on Teaching Grammar and Writing Grammar is the skunk at the garden party of the language arts, declare members of the NCTE Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar ATEG in Awesome Writing Anchor Charts to Use in Your Classroom Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visual as you teach the writing process to your students We searched high and low to find great anchor charts for all age levels Here are some of our favorites Hopefully they help you develop strong writers in your classroom First and second graders

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    1. Not only one of the best and most practical books on teaching argument I've read, one of the best PD books I've read. Of course it helps that it's based on inquiry, a method I've come to believe more and more in. Hillocks' guiding philosophy: " the unit is not designed to elicit specific information but rather to enable students to bring complex knowledge to bear on complex problems and to write thoughtfully and effectively about those problems." And on the cover, the book's purpose is spelled o [...]

    2. This is an awful book. The only useful information is in the preface and then when the author finally talks about planning instructional units the last chapter!. The author spends so much time creating fake conversations/lessons or sharing student conversations that he never actually teaches how to teach/plan argumentative writing. The commentary on what the teacher should be doing during these student conversations was ridiculously offensive. I have been a teacher for 13 years and I have never [...]

    3. This is another solid effort from Hillocks at a much needed time (the dawning of Common Core Standards). I know many of my colleagues haven't heard much about Common Core, and it is going to change a lot--possibly for the better! I am hopeful at least.This book was the focus of my most recent teacher study group, the second that I have facilitated. I was partnered with 9 of the best English teachers I have ever met, and the conversations we had were thought-provoking, challenging and stimulating [...]

    4. I like this book as a handbook. Some consider it the seminal text for teaching writing. And I admit that it was good, but not as the end-all, be-all to argument writing. In my opinion, argument writing is more than the practices Hillocks shares; however, they are good practices. If you use this as a guidebook, and not the Bible, you'll do okay teaching argument writing.

    5. Why is it that so many of these kinds of books devolve into irrelevance? I'm interested in developing a unit on argumentation for high school students. This book looked like a promising companion to Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkentstein's "They Say/I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, so I bought it immediately. Indeed, the book begins with a helpful but far too brief exposition of Stephen E. Toulmin's logic of argumentation (which Professor Toulmin explains in his book The Uses of A [...]

    6. I first read this book a few years ago in my English teaching course. At that time, I remember unenthusiastically flipping through it to finish whatever assignment I had at the time. Now that I’ve more classroom experience, I’ve grown in my ability to understand the difficulties you experience in making argument writing accessible to students.This year I was desperate to reach my struggling ninth graders with the foundations for argument writing. I came back to this book, reread Hillocks’ [...]

    7. Practical, engaging ways to teach the thought process behind logical reasoning and supporting arguments. I especially enjoyed the narrative-style scenes depicting these techniques employed in the classroom and the student dialogue that often accompanied them. This past fall my freshmen English department adopted several of these exercises for our argument unit: Slip or Trip? The Lunchroom Murder, and the Mascot-Naming Contest, all with much greater success in teaching the necessary skills to wri [...]

    8. There are quite a few significant strategies to be gained from this. While some need readjustment for my content area, I found some concrete suggestions to better teach arguments, particularly warrants.

    9. The tips and lessons presented in this book are engaging and insightful. I enjoyed the tone and honest moments in the book. Small steps forward are still steps toward progress--even if it takes a bit longer than expected.

    10. I'm torn on this one. There are some good ideas in this text, but I feel like none of the ideas are really usable unless one was to adopt Hillock's seven-week course wholesale, since each idea builds off the previous. And it's not that that would be a bad thing--just that his book, while calledTeaching Argument Writinghas very little to say about actual writing instruction. He discussed argumentthinkinga great deal, but not the actual writing, which was disappointing to me. Much of the chapters [...]

    11. why: This is a book I need to review for the course I'll be teaching at CU this fall. And it's also a book I've been interested in due to the demands of the Common Core State Standards for teaching argument.when: start and end 7/19 (we were in the car for about 10 hours that day, ok?)how: I read this in hard copy and in its entirety in the passenger seat of the car as we drove from Grand Teton National Park to Grand Mesa, Coloradooughts: So George Hillocks has been in the education business for [...]

    12. Awesome job showing how to get students to experience the intellectual moves behind argument. It's clear students at all levels will be engaged by Hillocks' methodology. I especially enjoyed the teacher lead project on investigating the "no gum chewing" rule at her school. The kids did real research on the problem and then presented a solution to the principal on reducing gum stuck to all the furniture. Their solution included a program designed to educate their peers on the problem. The princip [...]

    13. This is well worth the read for those teachers trying to understand the new differentiation between persuasion and argument. This is useful not only to English teachers but also social studies and science especially. Some of the examples are more interesting than others (i.e. I liked the gum-chewing project, but I also struggle to see how similar projects could be established to keep an entire class on-task.) It was certainly not a fast read as I had to have complete quiet to be able to focus on [...]

    14. This book contains some engaging lessons to help students develop and practice critical thinking skills, but they are buried in long (fictional) transcripts of how those leesons would play out in a classroom, which comes across as self-serving for the author and useless for the classroom teacher who knows what it is REALLY like. (Oh, and he says that the classes he is addressing in these fictional transcripts have 26 kids in them. I have 37+ in every class and more every year, which precludes a [...]

    15. This was one of the best books on writing that I've read in a long time. It was exceptionally helpful in clarifying skills and understanding students need to write good arguments. I especially liked how Hillocks explained how to move from simpler ideas to more complex thinking. But, I was struck how the author incorporated the role of vocabulary, grammar and sentence construction into the meaning making. It was seamless. And this is the type of language instruction that is effective. I feel that [...]

    16. Instead of doing any more argumentation training for Common Core, my school and school district should just give us this book first (I was told that this might be the case in the fall). THEN, when everyone has read it, do more training for argumentation to refine what we have learned. With this book, I FINALLY understand the difference between argumentation and persuasion and have been able to write Common Core W1 tasks that actually are Common Core W1 tasks (instead of thinly veiled persuasive [...]

    17. Excellent book! I hope to work with some teachers in developing activities based on the ideas. I think this book really demystifies argument for teachers so that they can really break down the elements for their students. This book really highlights the need to practice these skills over and over again. Best of all, the book doesn't advocate a formula, but a way of structure. I'm embarrassed that I didn't read this sooner. That's how amazing it is.

    18. Fantastic book with exceptional ideas and thoughts. This book taught the importance of using data to back up your argument (not the kind where you have to run statistical analyses) and teaching students to think critically and independently. I was impressed with the amount of activities this book provides to teachers that will surely be a benefit, especially since the new common core has an added emphasis on argument writing and inquiry.

    19. Hillocks explanation of warrants and argument are clear and finally make the bridge between real and useful argument structure and the classroom. He provides useful models and ways of thinking about argument and teaching argument. His insistence in adding pages of conversation is tedious and nothing is lost by glossing or skipping them.

    20. Un llibre ple de seqüències pràctiques per ensenyar els alumnes a argumentar. M'ha descobert la relació entre les inferències, les bones preguntes i l´argumentació. També entre una bona definició i el valor argumental que la sosté. D´una banda et desanimes perquè t´adones de que és possible treballar millor i aquí no es fa. De l´altra t´entusiasmes i te mors de ganes d´aplicar-ho avui mateix.

    21. See more here: sierrasview/2016/04/boI wanted to focus on teaching my students to use argument writing and evidence correctly this year, so this one was a good reminder. This is a great book!! One I would recommend to anyone who needs to learn to teach or write argumentative essays!

    22. Amazing book for teachers of English dealing with the teaching of argument in the Common Core curriculum. I highly recommend any teachers who really want their students to know, understand, and use critical thinking to enhance their ability to analyze, evaluate, and write arguments to read this book.

    23. I liked the creative teaching suggestions for teaching students about claims, warrants and evidence. This book is a must read for any teacher who needs creative ideas to teach students argumentative writing. Applicable and practical suggestions!

    24. Great professional read for teaching argument writing. Something that is very new because of Common Core. Gives a lot of ideas on how to prepare students to argue in their writing but also in the world!

    25. I've only just begun, but already I think the world of Professor Hillocks. His experience exudes every sentence. I do not normally enjoy books on pedagogy; this well-written, practice-oriented gem is, for the moment, an exception.

    26. Not the best writing book. Most of the book was "replays" of how the lesson went in the class the author was teaching. They sound great, but are my students going to follow the script just like his students did? I really wasn't impressed.

    27. The focuses of the writing tasks were morbid, immoral, and rather inappropriate for 6th grade students. There are more appropriate topics that would be better implemented, and complement the 6th grade curriculum such as mysteries in history. I didn't find much here I could use.

    28. One of the absolute best recent books I have read about teaching writing. It contains plenty of lesson ideas and sample lessons, which is a necessity in any book for teachers. Hillocks is brilliant and on top of the most recent research. If you teach ANY subject, please get this book.

    29. This book has been an amazing manual for writing curriculum for argument writing. I have read and reread sections as I write materials for students. The transcripts of classroom conversations really helped me apply what I learned in each chapter.

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