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Teaching Argument Writing, Grades 6-12: Supporting Claims with Relevant Evidence and Clear Reasoning
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Written for Grades 6-12, the book follows a progressively more difficult agenda. Hillocks starts with the basics of argument writing, including "whodunit" cartoons for arguments of fact. Kids scrutinize the drawings of murder scenes and draw conclusions based on visual details, trying their ideas out in group discussions. Such "fun" work is teaching them the relationships between evidence, claims, "warrants" or rules (e.g. "As a rule, when people fall down stairs, they drop what they are carrying to save themselves."), and conclusions. The mystery solving is followed by writing exercises, wherein the conclusions of the students are carefully justified in paragraph form. Hillocks provides a chart to ensure that all elements of good argument writing are logged.
From here, Hillock moves to simple arguments of judgment (he uses examples of what makes a good school mascot and what makes a good leader) and simple arguments of policy (here the students gather data on gum chewing). The latter example is especially good because the students do not simply jump on-line to cut and paste (yes, and sometimes plagiarize) material. Instead, students create their own data by interviewing the principal and custodians on the reasons for forbidding gum on school grounds plus its costs in time and money. They also create a survey to find out why students stick gum under chairs and desks or throw it on the floor. Invested? I guess!Read more ›
Already I have loads of new ideas for how I might better teach this type of writing with my students. It's written in a fashion that will make modifying these ideas to fit my students' needs very easy to do.
I give this book my highest of recommendations.
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As schools move into the Common Core Standards, we will need to teach different things in different ways than before. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sherry Juhl
I don't even know how to describe the level of hatred I feel for this book.
(This is long, but it must be, in keeping with Hillock's template of... Read more
When it comes to argumentative writing, Hillocks is an expert and the material offered here shows why. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert E. Fischer
This book was helpful in that it gives a lot of practical examples for the classroom. That said, if you already know a lot about argument, argumentative writing, or rhetoric, this... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Snuffalupagus
Very clear information with nice examples of how to implement the teaching of argument writing. This was my first year teaching argument writing and it enabled me to get going... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janet Beane
I am using this book as a Bible for Argument Writing. The teacher that left my position left some BIG shoes to fill. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robin Taggart
This would be good if you're new to teaching English and need some help with methodology and practical lessons. Read morePublished 11 months ago by deadboy