chapter  Chapter 10
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Plan and Teach One “Big” Argumentative Piece Per Semester

WithLori G. Wilfong

“Now you want us to do arguments?” a teacher asked me during a professional development session. “I feel like we’ve got informational writing down; this is overkill.” As a social studies teacher, with a state end-of-course exam, she was feeling frustrated. “I need a real reason to have students argue about something in my class.” Her neighbor elbowed her: “Social studies is all argument. Everything we teach could be positioned as an argument.” She sat straight up. “I guess I never thought of it like that.”